Bassmaster Classic 2011
February 18, 2011 by staff
Bassmaster Classic 2011, Bassmasters Classic starting today. Some of the top anglers will gather in New Orleans to Bayou Segnette State Park. The Classic starts today and a champion will be crowned Sunday, January 20. There are 50 qualifiers in the classic, with six having won the tournament before. These include: Kevin VanDam, Boyd Duckett, Skeet Reese, Paul Elias, Michael Iaconelli and Mark Davis.
Although a lot of these competitors are veterans, 15 of the playoffs will be their first Bassmaster Classic with hopes of conquering the waters in New Orleans. One of the great things about how this event is handled it is the seemingly endless opportunity to meet alone with fishermen to provide sufficient insight for fans. There is no better way to understand what is the ideal day to day to hear the views of those who are actually fishing. Wednesday night, there was a Red Carpet event, by invitation only, for competitors and select members of the media offering additional opportunities to talk with the pros.
After several days of hard practice, the Elite Series pros converseed Media Prefish the period, offering predictions of what fans can expect on Day 1 of the tournament.
Each angler offered their views on how they feel conditions will affect their plans once the tournament starts.
Strong local favorite, Fishouflage Pro Greg Hackney believes that the big fish are. “Fishermen need to use a minimum of 16 to 18 pounds per day for a title shot. Ample numbers of large fish are available that this fishery is as good as it ever was. There are so many different places to fish there guys will travel up to two hours to reach their fish. You can also expect to see fishermen camping spots on fish producers hoping to load the boat each day. ”
“No matter where these guys are planning to fish, anglers have to adapt to rapidly changing conditions,” said the reigning 2010 Classic champion Kevin VanDam. “This time of year, fish are either in a model of winter and transition in pre-spawn, which will ultimately be determined by weather and time of the water. Some fishermen wills struggle for quality limit, while others bang the fish they need to fight. ”
In collaboration with Classic this weekend the 2011 Bassmaster New Orleans, Stratos boat appealed to all lovers of Stratos to visit its booth and receive free limited edition gear.
Visitors are invited to visit the booth at the Expo Stratos Outdoors Bassmaster Classic for their choice of a sticker Stratos, an exclusive T-shirt or a poster featuring custom graphics and staff Stratos Pro.
Stratos will be accepting donations for items to benefit the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association and preserve fishing heritage of the state.
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