All I heard over the past year and a half since BASS announced the 2013 Bassmaster Classic would be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake was what a horrible venue this was and that the guaranteed frigid weather would surely make for an impossible bite. To a degree, the naysayers were spot on, the weather is not just frigid, it’s damn near treacherous as Winter Storm Q has wreaked havoc on the central region of the United States dumping snow, leaving sheets of ice on the freeways and plummeting temperatures to bone chilling lows. In fact, the morning take-off air temp is going to be sitting at a wicked 19 degrees.
Still, I’d much rather be running down the winding turns of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees enduring the frigid temps than working the Expo Show downtown Tulsa. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited to represent my sponsors and myself at the largest bass fishing consumer show on the planet and without their support I wouldn’t be in the position to even have a chance at qualifying for the most prestigious bass championship in the first place.
What’s tough is that qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic has been a goal of mine since I was a kid. Seriously, not a day goes by that I don’t think of it. To make matters a little tougher to swallow is that Grand Lake is the lake I know the best outside Minnesota’s, Lake Minnetonka and I’ve spent at least five different trips on Grand during this very time of year. What the above mentioned naysayers are assuming is completely off base outside the obvious prediction of cold weather. Currently, Grand Lake is the best non-grass lake in the country and the cold that everyone is gripping about is a everyday buffet for these bass which are already fattening up and going into full-time prespawn mode.
How they catch them and where?
I was asked this an in interview by BassEast last week, which you can read here. I gave a couple scenarios for what can be expected but now due to the immense amount of rain, sleet and snow, I’m expecting my prediction of dirty water, a 1/2 oz. black and blue jig and anglers that like to go flippy flippy to excel to the top of the leader board.
A little more fuel for thought? I expect this thing to be won near the dam, like very close to the dam in fact I have a cove’s name permanently stamped into my brain but in case I’m wrong, I’ll keep that little piece of advice near and dear.
Besides all the frigid fun to be had on the water, the party continues in full forces at the Tulsa Convention Center where anyone who has anything to do with the sport of bass fishing will be promoting their products to the masses.
I’ll be spending most of my time in the Navionics booth but will also be helping out at the Hydrowave, Trokar, Lake Fork Tackle and Lowrance booths. Please by all means stop by, introduce yourself and talk shop because besides actually fishing, talking fishing and buying fishing products is second best.
Hope to see you at the show and CONGRATS to the 53 best throwing down this weekend, may the best man win!