Blog Entry for February 24, 2014
If you were online over the weekend, you probably already know that Alabama native Randy Howell won the Bassmaster Classic. He came from eleventh place to win the event after a phenomenal, almost magical morning at a bridge on Spring Creek.
Here's a You Tube video of Randy's final day of the Classic. You could say he hammered them.
If I'm not mistaken, I have been to that bridge that Howell did his damage on, the year I Marshalled down at Guntersville. I drew Britt Myers and he started at a bridge that looks very much like where Randy Howell was. Here are a couple of pics of Britt catching some largemouth there.
We powered up to the bridge and Britt fished his way up to and under the bridge.
Britt caught them on a crankbait as did Howell.
There were a few little guys, but sometimes you have to just sort them out.
In between chunkers, there are some porkers.
If you're looking for more Classic info, just check out the Bassmaster.com page. You will then have access to a myriad of Go Pro videos as well as stills taken by great photographers like the one and only James Overstreet. If you just want to quick check the Leaderboard click the link. BTW, KVD didn't make the third day, finishing just a few ounces out of the 25 cut at 26th.
You may have gotten a text message or an email from me reminding you that we have a Tear Drop Bass Bassmaster Elite Series Fantasy Fishing Group. It's a fun activity that keeps you zeroed in on the Elite Series. It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up and who knows if you get lucky you may win some prizes from Bassmaster.com. We have about thirty people signed up. (It's free to play) and after this first event it appears a first timer to Fantasy Fishing won. I work at Cabelas a day or two a week, and one of my coworkers is a fin fanatic like myself. His name is Micah and I talked him to signing up and lo and behold he's atop the pack and our Classic winner. Congratulations Micah!
You might notice that my picks did not even put me in the hunt at all. In fact, you would have had to rearrange the standings from least to greatest in order for my name to show up in the screen shot.
Fortunately, BASS, in years past, hasn't counted the classic in the League Series Cumulative standings. If you're reading this and want to join our league, just click this blue Bassmaster hyperlink and it will take you to the Fantasy Fishing sign up page. Fill in the little bit of info they require and then go to "My Entry." There you will have to pick one angler per group. The groups are A through E. Once you select your five anglers make sure you hit the "Save Roster" button. Once that's done, scroll up to "My Groups" and type in teardropbass, all one word. That will plop you in to our mix of players. If you have a problem with any of these steps just click the contact button on the main page and I'll help you out. Good luck! FYI, the number to the left in the standings above is your place overall in BASS Fantasy Fishing. If you are a part of a group like ours you still are in the overall for prizes with BASS. The number score to the right is your points for that particular event. 1480 was the score for the number one spot.
I'm going to quit trying to research my Fantasy Fishing picks and just draw names out of a hat. I can't do much worse that I have been for the last couple seasons. If you do try to use insight and guile in your picks, you will have till Wednesday at midnight on March 12th to finalize a team. The first season event begins March 13th.You may want to pick a team ASAP and then go back and refine your selections as you have more time. That way should you forget to pick a team you won't get stuck with a big fat 0 which kills your overall total for the year. I did it last year and it was a bummer.
With my blog time running low today, I wanted to be sure that you all heard about the new partnership BASS has with Pure Michigan. The two are working together to help bring more tournament action to Michigan. Toward that end, the All Star event, which was held in Muskegon this past year, will once again be held in Michigan. The event will take place September 18-21 in Escanaba, Michigan. So the anglers will test their skills on Little and Big Bay De Nocs. It is speculated that they will, and by "they" I mean BASS, will be bringing the Elite Series back to Lake St. Clair very soon. That's way cool, but after that long, brutal, bone crunching, ride from Metro Beach to Pelee Island, in largest waves I've ever surfed on last August, I don't know how fast I'll be looking to Marshall that event.
Despite the fact that an everyday guy, Paul Mueller made his way through a succession of tournaments to score a birth in the Bassmaster Classic, a 100,000 : 1 shot at least, and coming in second just literally a pound or so out of winning l'd like to the end the day not with Paul's story but with the angler who's pictured above. E squared, Edwin Evers, is a class guy who last year on the stage at Metro Beach lost what looked like a shoe in opportunity to become the Angler of the Year. You could see the fight drain from him when he realized he didn't get it done on St. Clair and Aaron Marten won the AOY crown. E went on to fish the All Star event and it just wasn't to be again. This year he starts out with a bunch of fish in the Classic and went to Sunday with an excellent opportunity to win the granddaddy of them all. Out of the blue comes Randy Howell and steals the victory away. Most folks would implode with all that drama. Evers though continues to line up the fishing stars and gets the job done. I have no doubt that he will be one of the names long talked about when it comes to bass fishing. I end the day today with a giant tip of the hat to the Oklahoman, Edwin Evers.