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Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 02/18/2013

Story by Matt Pangrac with statistical assistance from Landon Dixon - Photos courtesy of Alan McGuckin

Moore, OK – From 2005 through 2012, there has been a combined total of nine BFL Okie Division tournaments and Nichols Marine Tournament Series Team Events held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake in early March.  

The BASS ZONE broke down the numbers from each of these local tournaments in an attempt to see if history could be any indication of what is to come for the 53 Bassmaster Classic contenders who will launch on Grand Lake for the first day of competition this Friday:   

Statistics from each individual BFL Okie Division tournament held on Grand Lake between March 5th and March 18th dating back to 2005:    

Tournament:  BFL – Okie Division
Date: March 5, 2005
Number of boats:  133
Winning weight:  17.81 pounds
10th place weight:  11.06 pounds
Big bass:  6.63 pounds

Weather on March 5th, 2005:
High:  60 degrees
Low:  32 degrees   
Wind: 2 mph (N)
Precipitation:  0.00 inches
Conditions: Clear

Observed weather prior to tournament (2/27/05 - 3/5/05):
Average high:  54 degrees
Average low:  30 degrees
Precipitation:  .03 inches

Tournament:  BFL – Okie Division
Date:  March 18, 2006
Number of boats: 129
Winning weight:  17.50 pounds
10th place weight:  13.81 pounds
Big Bass: 6.63 pounds

Weather on March 18th, 2006:
High:  55 degrees
Low:  44 degrees
Wind: 7 mph (E)
Precipitation:  .03 inches
Conditions:  Overcast with light rain

Observed weather prior to tournament (3/12/2006 - 3/18/2006):
 Average high:  64 degrees
Average low:   42 degrees
Precipitation:  .10 inches

Tournament:  BFL – Okie Division
Date:  March 10, 2007
Number of boats:  158
Winning weight:  21.81pounds
10th place weight:  15.13 pounds
Big bass: 7.19 pounds

Weather on March 10th, 2007: 
High:  75 degrees
Low:  53 degrees
Wind: 4 mph (NE)
Precipitation:  0.00 inches
Conditions:  Overcast with clearing skies

Observed weather prior to tournament (3/4/2007 - 3/10/2007):
Average high:  72 degrees
Average low:  40 degrees
Precipitation:  .03 inches

Tournament: BFL – Okie Division
Date:  March 15, 2008
Number of boats:  163
Winning weight:  21.5 pounds
10th place weight:  9.13 pounds
Big bass:  7.13 pounds

Weather on March 15th, 2008:
High:  53 degrees
Low:  37 degrees
Wind: 6 mph (N)
Precipitation:  0.00 inches
Conditions:  Overcast

Observed weather prior to tournament (3/9/2008 - 3/15/2008):
Average high:  66 degrees
Average low:  37 degrees
Precipitation:  0.00 inches

Tournament: BFL – Okie Division
Date:  March 7, 2009
Number of boats:  137
Winning weight:  24.69 pounds
10th place weight:  14.88 pounds
Big bass:  7.63 pounds

Weather on March 7th, 2009: 
High:  73 degrees
Low:  66 degrees
Wind: 16 mph (S)
Precipitation:  0.00 inches
Conditions:  Clear changing to overcast

Observed weather prior to tournament (3/1/2009 - 3/7/2009)
Average high:  62 degrees
Average low:  41 degrees
Precipitation:  0.00 inches

Overall BFL Okie Division statistics for tournaments held on Grand Lake between March 5th and March 18th dating back to 2005:  
Number of total BFL tournaments: 5
Average number of boats:  144
Average winning weight:  20.66 pounds
Average 10th place weight:  12.80 pounds
Average big bass weight:  7.04 pounds
Average high temperature on tournament day:  63.2 degrees
Average low temperature on tournament day:  46.4 degrees
Average high temperature of the week leading up to the tournament:  63.6 degrees
Average low temperature of the week leading up to the tournament:  38 degrees
Average wind speed on tournament day:  7 mph
Average precipitation the week leading up to the tournament:  .03 inches

Statistics from each individual Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Event held on Grand Lake between March 2nd and March 18th dating back to 2006:  

Tournament: Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Event
Date: March 5th, 2006
Number of teams: 306
1st place: 19.44 pounds
10th place: 16.07 pounds
Big bass: 8.19 pounds

Weather on March 5th, 2006: 
High: 75 degrees
Low: 53 degrees
Wind: 12 mph (SSW)
Precipitation: 0.00 inches
Conditions: Overcast

Observed weather prior to tournament (2/26/2006 – 3/4/2006): 
Average high: 70 degrees
Average low: 45 degrees
Precipitation: .04 inches

Tournament: Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Event
Date: March 2nd, 2008
Number of teams: 295
1st place: 16.42 pounds
10th place: 10.43 pounds
Big bass: 6.95 pounds

Weather on March 2nd, 2008: 
High: 75 degrees
Low: 60 degrees
Wind: 15 mph (S)
Precipitation: 0.00
Conditions: Overcast

Observed weather prior to tournament (2/24/2008 - 3/1/2008):
Average high: 55 degrees
Average low:  30 degrees
Precipitation: 0.00

Tournament: Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Event
Date: March 7th, 2010
Number of teams: 278
1st place: 16.43 pounds
10th place: 12.26 pounds
Big bass: 6.67 pounds

Weather on March 7th, 2010: 
High: 71 degrees
Low: 48 degrees
Wind: 5 mph (SW)
Precipitation: 0.00 inches
Conditions: Overcast/Clear in afternoon

Observed weather prior to tournament (2/28/2010 - 3/6/2010):
Average high: 55 degrees
Average low:  29 degrees
Precipitation: 0.00 inches

Tournament: Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Event
Date: March 18th, 2012
Number of teams: 263
1st place: 23.49 pounds
10th place: 20.84 pounds
Big bass: 8.37 pounds

Weather on March 18th, 2012: 
High: 78 degrees
Low: 60 degrees
Wind: 9 mph (SSE)
Precipitation: 0.00 inches
Conditions: Clear/Overcast in afternoon

Observed weather prior to tournament (3/11/2012 - 3/17/2012):
Average high: 74 degrees
Average low:  55 degrees
Precipitation: .56 inches

Overall Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Event statistics from tournaments held on Grand Lake between March 2nd and March 18th dating back to 2006:  

Number of Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team events from 2006-2012 held between March 2nd and March 18th: 4
Average number of teams: 285
Average winning weight: 18.95 pounds
Average 10th place weight: 14.90 pounds
Average big bass weight: 7.75 pounds
Average high temperature on tournament day: 74.75 degrees
Average low temperature on tournament day: 55.25 degrees
Average high temperature the week leading up to the tournament: 63.5 degrees
Average low temperature the week leading up to the tournament: 39.75 degrees
Average wind speed on tournament day:  10.25 mph
Average precipitation the week leading up to the tournament: .15 inches

Overall combined statistics of BFL – Okie Division tournaments and Nichols Marine Tournament Series Grand Lake Team Events held on Grand Lake between March 2nd and March 18th from 2005 through 2012:  

Total number of combined Nichols Marine Team Tournaments and BFL Okie Division tournaments on Grand Lake from 2005-2012 held between March 2nd and March 18th: 9
Average number of boats: 214
Average winning weight: 19.81 pounds
Average 10th place weight: 13.85 pounds
Average big bass weight: 7.40 pounds
Average high temperature of tournament day: 68.98 degrees
Average low temperature on tournament day: 50.83 degrees
Average high temperature of week leading up to tournament: 63.55 degrees
Average low temperature of week leading up to tournament day: 38.88
Average precipitation on week leading up to tournament day: .09 inches
Average wind speed on tournament day: 8.63 mph

Additional combined stats: 
Highest winning weight: 24.69 pounds (BFL – March 7th, 2009). 
Lowest winning weight: 16.42 pounds (Nichols Marine Tournament Series – March 2nd, 2008).
Coldest average week leading up to a tournament:  55 degrees average high, 29 degrees average low (2/28/10 – 3/6/10). Nichols Marine Tournament Series on March 7th, 2010.
Warmest average week leading up to a tournament: 74 degrees average high, 55 degrees average low (3/11/12 – 3/17/12). Nichols Marine Tournament Series on March 18th, 2012.

Observed weather and predicted forecast for Grove, Oklahoma from 2/15/13 – 2/21/13:
Average high temperature: 52.28 degrees (observed and predicted)
Average low temperature: 28.43 degrees (observed and predicted)

Previous tournament on Grand Lake that most closely resembles the conditions leading up to the first day of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic:  March 7th, 2010 - Nichols Marine Tournament Series (55 degrees high temperature, 29 degrees low temperature).    

Leading up to the Nichols Marine Tournament Series on March 7th, 2010 on Grand Lake, low temperatures in Grove, Oklahoma were in the mid 30s on March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Temperatures climbed into the low 50s on March 5th and March 6th before topping out at 71 degrees on tournament day, March 7th.  

While the predicted high on the first day of the Grand Lake Classic this Friday is just 48 degrees, the low and high temperatures leading up to the first Classic day are very similar to those leading up to the March 7th Nichols Marine Tournament Series which featured 278 teams and took just 16.43 pounds to win.  Out of the 278 teams that year, just 27 teams brought in a limit surpassing the 10-pound mark, and just nine teams weighed-in a fish weighing at least 5-pounds.    

In the month leading up to the March 7th, 2010 Nichols Marine Tournament Series, the average high temperature in Grove, Oklahoma was 43 degrees, while the average low temperature was 27 degrees.  So far this February, the average high temperature in Grove, Oklahoma has been 54 degrees, while the average low has been 32 degrees.   

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