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Bassmaster Classic Preview 2019

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lucky charms

If you were to walk up to Bassmaster Elite Series pro Seth Feider working on tackle in his boat, you’d notice a Stormtrooper action figure standing guard in his driver’s side cup holder. “Actually, it’s not really a Stormtrooper,” Feider admits. “It’s Han Solo incognito! Take off the little mask and it’s the man!” So, how did little Han find itself in Feider’s boat? “Well, I sent off coupons from a cereal box when I was a kid so I could get the special prize. Evidently, it arrived, my parents put it on top of the fridge and forgot to tell me. Then, like, just before the Mississippi River event in 2016, they found it and gave it to me.” Thinking about how lucky it was to have been found…

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three big inspirations

DREW COOK TOOK a shot to the face with a bullet. Well, it was a bullet weight, 1 1/4 ounces, attached to his punch rig. He had set the hook on a bass while practicing for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain last year when the hook failed to connect to the fish biting, and slammed into his mouth. The blunt force trauma knocked out three teeth, including one front tooth, and shattered a section of his jawbone. When most people would have rushed to the dentist, Cook plowed through the pain (the nerve of his front tooth remained exposed), continued fishing and finished third in the event. He was chasing a dream of becoming an Elite Series pro, and no dental emergency was going…

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david mullins

You were a high school teacher before joining the Elite Series. How did you make time to qualify through the Opens? I was teaching finance, accounting and economics at the time, and I had it worked out with the principal. I talked to him at the beginning of the year, told him I had some dates I needed to be off, and as soon as I got back he would ask me how I did. You had a strong year in 2017 with three finishes in the Top 15. In 2018, your best finish was 22nd. Does any part of you plan on making adjustments for 2019? No. I go out there and fish the same way each time, and sometimes the lakes line up better for me. I don’t base my career…

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B.A.S.S. National Conservation Director Gene Gilliland reports that progress is being made in the fight against invasive carp in the Tennessee River. Large numbers of carp have been spotted in Kentucky Lake, with smaller numbers in Pickwick, Wheeler and Wilson lakes. Wildlife officials have not confirmed carp migration into Guntersville. “They move through the locks, so there is an open conduit there for them to move all the way to Knoxville at some point,” says Gilliland. What can stop them? The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Department were recently able to secure federal funding to aid commercial fishing for Asian carp in the Tennessee River system. Gilliland says those operations are already receiving interest from Nova Scotian lobster fishermen, who intend to use the carp as bait. Meanwhile,…

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state of the nation

Matthew Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky., will represent the B.A.S.S. Nation at this year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Robertson punched his ticket — the 52nd and very last ticket left for this year’s event — by dominating the Bassmaster Team Championship on Florida’s Harris Chain with the aid of B.A.S.S. Nation Team Trail partner Wendell Anderson. The duo posted a 29-pound, 1-ounce limit to place second in the team event, before being vaulted into solo competition against each other for the final spot in the 2019 Classic. There, Robertson posted a two-day total of 57 pounds, 9 ounces. “This is very special,” Robertson told B.A.S.S. “I’m just your ordinary working man. I represent every common man, and that’s who I’m going to be fishing for in the Classic.”…

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bass city, usa | knoxville, tenn.

The 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will take on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville, Tenn., for the first time in the event’s history. More than 23,000 B.A.S.S. members reside in the state of Tennessee 250,000 square feet of exhibit space for the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods 20,000 seats to be filled in the Thompson-Boling Arena 4 anglers from Tennessee in the 2019 Classic (Ott DeFoe, Brandon Lester, Wesley Strader and Jacob Wheeler)…