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THE CLASSIC PREVIEW - BZ STYLE

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 02/21/2013

Story by Matt Pangrac and Dave Rush, Photos by Mark Jeffreys. Snow photos courtesy of Alan McGuckin

Tulsa, OK - The annual Bassmaster Classic Media Day took place on Thursday afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the 53 Classic competitors faced the media for the last time before kicking off the Classic on a chilly Grand Lake on Friday morning.  

After tolerable conditions during the three unofficial practice days on Grand Lake last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Wednesday’s official Classic practice day was downright nasty.  Temperatures hovered in the low 30s as a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow fell for the majority of the day and into the evening.  

Water temperatures throughout Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, a 46,500 acre fishery located in Northeast Oklahoma,  dropped from the upper 40s to the lower to mid 40s, and the air temperature at launch on Friday morning in Grove, Oklahoma is predicted to be 23 degrees with a wind chill factor of 13 degrees. 

For the second consecutive year, The BASS ZONE decided to take a unique approach to covering Media Day.  Rather than asking stock questions and getting predictable answers, The BZ crew hit the Classic anglers with some off-the-wall questions with the hopes of gaining a little bit of extra insight. 

Here are the best responses to the questions that The BASS ZONE asked some of the contenders during Media Day: 

Jason ChristieJason Christie 
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. One.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Fun.  I enjoy the cold weather.

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. “Jump.”

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. Two seconds.

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. Most of them. 

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Lake Tenkiller or Beaver Lake

Q. What is one question that you’re tired of being asked this week?
A. “How does it feel to be the local favorite?”

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “This is the biggest sack ever weighed-in in the Classic!”

Edwin Evers
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. 13.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Blustery.

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. Maybe six seconds.

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. 20.

Q. Are you older or younger than the average water temperature that you’re going to be fishing on Grand Lake?  
A. Younger.

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Lake Of the Ozarks.

Q. With the controversy that B.A.S.S. reported on over the use of BASSTrakk during the Classic, is there anything else that you would like B.A.S.S. to “Trakk” in the future?
A. How many casts you make during the day.

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “Them are some slonka-donkeys!”

Kevin VanDamKevin VanDam
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. I’ll only have a few, because I’m going to try and keep the rest from freezing.  

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Mediocre for me.

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. Five seconds is forever for me.  

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. I’m sure that I’ll see plenty. 

Q. Are you older or younger than the average water temperature that you’re going to be fishing on Grand Lake?  
A. About the same age. 

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Lake Of the Ozarks.

Q. With the controversy that B.A.S.S. reported on over the use of BASSTrakk during the Classic, is there anything else that you would like B.A.S.S. to “Trakk” in the future?
A. The number of keepers that each angler catches over the course of the year. 

Q. What is one question that you’re tired of being asked this week?
A. “How much weight is it going to take to win?”

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “Oh my gosh!”

Gerald SwindleGerald Swindle
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Five.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Cold as a Mother-In-Law’s kiss. 

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. “I Get Off On the Pain” by Gary Allan

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. Six seconds.

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. Six, because I haven’t seen many other guys all week on the water. 

Q. Are you older or younger than the average water temperature that you’re going to be fishing on Grand Lake?  
A. I’m just about the same age. 

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. An 800mg Ibuprofen pill.  It can be really good to you and for you, but sometimes a little hard to swallow. 

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “That guy has a nice butt!”

Chris Lane
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Two, maybe three.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Cold.

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. “Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogie,” – Kid Rock.

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. Minutes.  

Q. If you had to do without one of the following things during the entire Classic, would you choose Side Imaging, water temperature gauge, GPS, or gloves?  
A. I don’t really care about the water temperature. 

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. I expect to see a lot….while I’m running.

Q. What is one question that you’re tired of being asked this week?
A. “Are you ready?”

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “POWWW!”

Mike IaconelliMike Iaconelli
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. I’m going to start out with 10 rods on the deck in the morning.  That sounds like a lot, but there are only three main categories of baits that I’ll have tied on those 10 rods. 

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Decent. 

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. “Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers.  

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. I’d say that it was probably around 20 seconds.  

Q. If you had to do without one of the following things during the entire Classic, would you choose Side Imaging, water temperature gauge, GPS, or gloves?  
A. Side Imaging

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. I’m going to see a lot of the other guys.  As big as this lake is, I think that it’s going to fish pretty small. 

Q. Are you older or younger than the average water temperature that you’re going to be fishing on Grand Lake?  
A. I think that I'm older, but it's close.  

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Kerr Reservoir.

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “Eh?” – He’s Canadian, so that’s what they say up there.  

Skeet Reese
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Probably two. 

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Good. 

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. “Unforgettable.”

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. I didn’t count how long I waited, but I know that I got bored. 

Q. If you had to do without one of the following things during the entire Classic, would you choose Side Imaging, water temperature gauge, GPS, or gloves?  
A. Anything but gloves.  

Q. Are you older or younger than the average water temperature that you’re going to be fishing on Grand Lake?  
A. I was younger at the beginning of practice, but based on the weather, I think that I’ll be older.

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. I don’t know.  I’ve never practiced anywhere else in this much snow. 

Q. What is one question that you’re tired of being asked this week?
A. “How’s practice going?  Are you doing good?” 

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “G-G-G-G-GIANT!”

Dean RojasDean Rojas
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Two.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Awesome.

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. “I get up, and nothing gets me down.  You got it tough.  I’ve seen the toughest around.”  - Van Halen. 

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. 10 seconds.

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. Three.

Q. What is one question that you’re tired of being asked this week?
A. “Are you going to catch’em?”

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Sweet victory. 

Bobby Lane
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. I should have five rods on the front deck. 

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Not too bad.  I’m from Florida, but I did not mind the snow.

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. If there’s a song that’s called “Scattered,” it would be that one. 

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. I spent a lot of time this week learning how to count again.  I’d say that I let my bait sit between 10 and 12 seconds most of the time in between jerks.  I felt pretty stupid doing it and it didn’t seem to work for me, so good luck to those guys who are doing it.

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. Within the two or three major areas that I’m planning on fishing, I bet that I’ll see over half of the field.

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Bull Shoals Lake. 

Q. With the controversy that B.A.S.S. reported on over the use of BASSTrakk during the Classic, is there anything else that you would like B.A.S.S. to “Trakk” in the future?
A.  I think that they should track how many miles each angler runs on the water each year and how many gallons of gas are used. 

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “Boom shackalaka!”

Brandon Card
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Too many.  I’ll probably have at least 10.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Terrible.

Q. What song lyric or song title best describes your entire practice on Grand Lake?
A. I think that there’s a song out there called “Slow Motion.”

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. I just haven’t caught them on a jerkbait, and there was one day where I didn’t even throw it much at all. 

Q. If you had to do without one of the following things during the entire Classic, would you choose Side Imaging, water temperature gauge, GPS, or gloves?  
A. Probably Side Imaging, because I’ve already done all that during practice. 

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. It seem like everyone is spreading out, so I’d say between five and 10 other guys. 

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Cherokee Lake in Tennessee. 

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “Yeah, bass!”

Casey Scanlon
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Three or four, but they’ll all have the same thing tied on.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Not very good for me.  I tried some different things and discovered another bait that’s working, but it wasn’t a stellar day.  I eliminated quite a bit of stuff out of the back of my mind. 

Q. With the controversy that B.A.S.S. reported on over the use of BASSTrakk during the Classic, is there anything else that you would like B.A.S.S. to “Trakk” in the future?
A. I have no clue, but I’m glad that they made the decision not to allow the other competitors to track us during the day, that’s for sure. 

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. I haven’t seen a whole lot of other people in practice, but I’ve been moving a lot.  I expect that I’ll see a couple other competitors at my first stop tomorrow.  The plan is to get it while the getting is good.

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Lake Of the Ozarks

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?   
A. “G-G-G-G-Monster!”  

Jared LintnerJared Lintner
Q. How many rods will you have on the deck of your boat when you make your first Classic cast?
A. Four.

Q. Finish this sentence: “Wednesday’s Official Practice day was…..”
A. Horrible but productive.

Q. What is the longest amount of time that you waited between jerking your bait during practice?
A. I’d say 25 to 30 seconds. 

Q. How many of your fellow competitors do you expect to see over the course of the first competition day on Grand Lake? 
A. Probably eight to 12 – somewhere in that range. 

Q. Finish this sentence:  “Grand Lake reminds me of……”
A. Lake Oroville in California. 

Q. With the controversy that B.A.S.S. reported on over the use of BASSTrakk during the Classic, is there anything else that you would like B.A.S.S. to “Trakk” in the future?
A. (Laughing) I don’t really have a comment on that one.

Q. What is one phrase that you hope to hear Bassmaster Classic Emcee Dave Mercer say when you cross the Classic stage on Friday afternoon at the weigh-in?    
A. “Looks like he’s got’em!”