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Monday, February 16, 2009

• The Bassmaster Classic '09

I really don't know where to begin. The buzz about the Classic has really taken off over the last week or so. As I've mentioned on the forum, pro's have been spotted all over the place and spectators have been hitting the Red River pretty hard to catch a glimpse of a few of the guys. I can't say I'm that enthusiastic about the event. To me, it's just another tourney. The local news has been going nuts with interviews and a few local businesses have used pro's in their commercials.

The first thing I should probably talk about is Kim Bain-Moore. She's the first lady to fish in the Classic. That's exciting all by itself, but after watching an interview on the news with another pro, something doesn't seem quite right. It sounds as though there may be a select bunch among the pro anglers who feel she does not deserve to be there. It sounds like she got a free pass into the tournament and didn't really earn her way into the Classic the same way the other anglers had to. One thing is certain. She's out there with the big boys now and she's going to have to hold her own. From what I've read, I think she can pull that off.

The next thing I should discuss is the weather forecast and the predictions. On Friday morning, the weather is going to be clear, but cold. The low temp for Friday is going to be around freezing. At least that's the forecast at this point. I've seen lows of 30, 31, and 32 for Friday. The cold front will have made its way through by then. By 9am, it will only be 41 degrees. Around noon, it should make it up to 56 to 60 degrees and creep up to 65 by 5pm well after the weigh in. Winds will be 4mph SSW at 6am and change to 6-8mph out of the south for the rest of the morning. It looks like winds will pick up to around 11mph in the afternoon. On Saturday, there is a 40 percent chance of rain with a low of 34 and high of 59. Winds will remain out of the south until after noon and shift out of the north. On Sunday, it won't be much better. Temps will range from 31 to 54 degrees, but at least the sunshine will be back. This area always tends to have a steady afternoon breeze. Water temps on the Red River can vary just as much as the water levels, but if the temps are the same as some of the area lakes, we might be in for an interesting tournament or it could be very boring.

All the anglers doing interviews seem to be telling different stories. Some sound like they're on some fish and others are worried. The predictions all seem to point towards 20lb sacks. From the moment I found out about the Classic, I felt the numbers would not be that great. I'm predicting 15-18lb sacks and anyone who gets a 20+ sack will take the lead. Byron Velvick, among others, appears to agree with that sentiment. Anyone who fishes this area knows what the Red has to offer. Not many locals pull sacks that good in their tournaments, but there are good fish to be caught. There is one thing I do know about bass in this area. They are heavily pressured. A local guide has also fallen in line with the 20lb sack prediction and believes the win will come out of Pool 5. According to him, Pool 4 is fished heavily. Who knows what to believe, right? All I know is that locals have been fishing on the river and will continue to fish there because it's a good time of year to catch fish. There will be a lot of bass with sore lips on Friday morning.

I'll come back to edit this post if I have any more thoughts. Until then, feel free to post your own.

Are you attending? Here is the info you'll need.
http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/tournaments/classic/news/story?page=b_Attend_2009_Classic

Traffic is going to be a pain. If you are planning on going to the launch on the river or the CenturyTel, I would avoid going across the Jimmie Davis Bridge. Come in from the Barksdale Boulevard side.

There will be a shuttle service transporting people from the Expo to the CenturyTel.

Parking & Shuttle Info

Some Schedule Info:
Mike & Mike @ the marina from 5AM to 9AM CST
Launch @ 7:15AM CST
Weigh-In @ 3:30PM CST

Expo:
Fri: Noon to 9PM
Sat: 10AM to 7PM
Sun: 10AM to 4PM

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