In 2007 Mike McClelland won his first Elite Series with a jig in deep brushpiles. He learned how to flip trees and fish docks. Dean Rojas fished it well by throwing his famous frog, either way they will begin “feeling out” the Oklahoma lake in preparation for the epic 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa in February 22-24, 2013.
Grand lake O’ the Cherokees
That means some cold water bass fishing, just the way the bass like it as the first few times warm water goes rushing in. The fish get all tickled inside at just the thought of it, they get excited, and that weedless lake holds plenty of ticking bass. In a lake like that you can catch them any way you want them.
Tulsa is a big fishing state
Compared to the stress on Lake Oneida this past weekend the Classic on a lake full of bass should keep the fishing anxiety level to a minimum. But each year the Elite pro anglers get better and hold the bar up higher out there on the lake, the competition is getting tougher. The angler with the best plan and who is the best prepared will win.
How to get into the Bassmaster Classic Tournament
· You could win a Bassmaster Classic.
· You could win and Elitie Series Tournament.
· Do well in the Angler of the Year points-the top 28 this year.
· And there are are a few Open Tournaments left of the season that could at the Classic.
Who qualified: Elite Series winners
Ø Chris Lane Guntersville, AL won by the Bassmaster Classic
Ø Alton Jones Lorena, TX won by the St. Johns’ River Showdown
Ø Ish Monroe Hughson, CA Power-Pole Slam Lake Okeechobee
Ø Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, Idaho TroKAr Quest on Bull Shoals
Ø Jeremy Starks Scot Depot, W.VA Douglas Lake Challenge
Ø Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, Kansas Toledo Bend Battle
Ø Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX Mississippip River Rumble
Ø Jonathan VanDam Kalamazoo, MI Green Bay Challenge
Ø Boyd Duckett Emopolis, AL Ramada Championship on Oneida Lake
Top 28 Elite qualifiers:
1. Brent Chapaman -DQ
2. Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN
3. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL
4. Todd Faircloth -DQ
5. Randy Howell Springville, AL
6. Matt Herren Trusseville, AL
7. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI
8. Edwin Evers Talala, OK
9. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN
10. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL
11. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA
12. Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL
13. Greg hackney, LA
14. Chris Lane –DQ
15. David Walker Seiverville, TN
16. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ
17. Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI
18. Cliff Pace Petal, Miss
19. John Crews Salem, VA
20. Mark Davis Mount Ida, Ark
21. Yusuki Miyazaki Forne, TX
22. Brandon Card Carryville, TN
23. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL
24. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX
25. Shaw Grigsby Gainesville, FL
26. Marty Robinson Lyman, S.C.
27. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK
28. Russ Lane Prattville, AL
29. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL
30. Jason Quinn Lake Wylie, FL
31. Mike Iaconelli Pittsgrove, N.J.
DQ double qualified.
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