VIDEO - MEDIA DAY AT THE CLASSIC

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 02/19/2015

Greenville, SC - The Bassmaster Classic starts tomorrow morning on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. The temperature at the 8:00am Day One take-off is currently predicted to be somewhere around 11 degrees.  Casey Ashley enters the tournament as the home state favorite.  On Sunday, one of the 56 competitors will lift the 2015 Bassmaster Classic trophy.  Really, that’s all you need to know….

The BASS ZONE was on-location at Bassmaster Classic Media Day on Thursday. Here's a look at what went down:

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The Bass Zone approached Bassmaster Classic Media Day on Thursday from a unique perspective, asking competitors a series of five off-the-wall questions about the upcoming tournament.  

Here’s what some of the best in the business had to say:  

Edwin Evers
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "There might be some ice left on their decks for them to slip and slide on, so I am going to say 3."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "I am going to say an absolute minimum of 12."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "Do I even have to answer that question? I'm sure there are quite a few, but I really don't need to think about how many."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "I guarantee you that KVD is going to get more coverage in this Classic by not fishing it than he would have if he was fishing it.  It is going to happen a bunch!"

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "Every single angler will mention it during their onstage interview at least twice."

Aaron Martens
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "I've never done that, does that even happen?  I say at least 2 step in them.  I've got a question for you, how many guys aren't even going to be able to open their storage compartments tomorrow in the morning?  I say there are going to be a lot of guys who wish they had a hair dryer in the morning for sure."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "I would have to say 8."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "That's a lot of people in that arena.  How come I've never seen a "Marry me, Aaron" sign?  I am going to say at least a couple, but there could be an entire section."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "I would say 30."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "I would say half the field, so 28 guys."

John Crews
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "I say 2 this year."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "19."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "27 until they realize that his girlfriend has a concealed weapons permit, and then there will only be 1."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "22 before the weigh-in even starts."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "9."

Todd Faircloth
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "Let's go with 3."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "I will say 7."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "That's funny. I will say 15."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "Well he's not in the Classic this year so it shouldn't be that many, but with that being said I am going with 20."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "56."

Cliff Prince
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "Probably 2."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "I would say 4 or 5 at least."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "Enough to make his girlfriend mad for sure!"

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "It's hard not to say a man's name when he has made 25 Classics, so I am going to say quite a few."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "My guess would be every single one of them, so 56."

Gerald Swindle
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "I made ESPN plays of the week by stepping in the livewell, but I pulled it up and had that spectacular recovery.  I'm guessing this week we have 11 step ins, 4 near misses, and 1 complete fall down."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "17 on the boat, 2 on each foot, and a new one called the GoPro tongue cam where you can see his esophagus during the interview."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "At least a dozen, and my wife might even have one.  I need to check that out."
    
The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "7,717 and that will be prior to the national anthem."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "55, because I am going to be the only one who isn't going to."

Justin Lucas
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "3."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "He will probably have one on each toe on both feet, and one anywhere he can stick it on the boat so I am going with 362."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "That singing voice of his is really popular with the ladies so I am going to say 30.  His girlfriend is going to be mad!"

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "Let's just say plenty.  I guarantee you it is going to happen quite a few times."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "Probably a lot but you aren't going to hear it from me.  I am done talking about it."

Mike Iaconelli
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "I think you will see a few Gerald Swindle imitators out there, but none of them are going to be able to save it like he did.  Definitely a couple guys though."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "If I'm not mistaken I surveyed him earlier and he is going with 67 this year.  I think it's great, I hope he is loaded down with so many GoPros that he can't even set the hook out there.  The guy is starting to look like a robot with all of those cameras on him!"

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "I'd say at least 1,000. The great thing about being Casey at this tournament is that even if he doesn't win he is still going to have a lot of groupies throwing their panties and bras at him on stage,  and if he starts singing, a few 50 year old men might even throw their dirty boxers at him."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "Too many!  But I am going with 23."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "56 will mention weather, and 55 will mention their outboard sponsor."

Bobby Lane
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "2."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "Unbelievable!  I am going to say 13."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "There will be 11."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "47."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "50."

Cliff Crochet
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "None."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "7."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "4."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "27."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "56."

Bassmaster Photographer James Overstreet
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "One is really going to step in it, and another will sort of step in it.

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "6."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "I'm gonna say none because his girlfriend is going to go get all of them on day one."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "4."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "48."

 Jacob Wheeler
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "2."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "6."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "4."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "472 times.  But more realistically probably 40."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "47."

Bassmaster Photographer Seigo Saito
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "6."

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "5."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "320."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "Twice."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "56."

Brett Preuett
The BZ: How many Classic competitors will accidentally step into their livewell getting onstage during the 3 days of weigh-in? "I'm going to say 2, and hopefully it isn't me!"

The BZ: How many GoPro cameras will Brandon Palaniuk have on his boat and himself when he rolls into the arena on Friday? "I'd say 6."

The BZ: How many "Will you marry me Casey Ashley" signs will be in the arena crowd on Saturday? "At least 100."

The BZ: How many times will Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer utter the initials KVD during Friday's weigh-in? "20 times."

The BZ: How many of the 56 Classic competitors will discuss the weather on stage during Friday's weigh-in? "15 guys."