Another Bassmaster Classic is in the books and boy what a show it was! Much like my blog last week outlined this Classic didn't disappoint.
Despite cool temperatures and muddy water, these 55 anglers adapted to put together some very impressive tournament limits of bass. To put it in perspective, a 3-pound-per-fish average is commonly what most tournament anglers shoot for; put an angler in 33rd place, eight places from fishing on the third and final day.When the scales closed on Sunday, nine anglers had a three-day limit (15 bass) of over 60 pounds; yep that is a 4-pound average, or better!
To show this sport is one where your past accomplishments, number of sponsors or your initials don't have a role in how you finish, Kevin VanDam, more commonly known as KVD, who is know as the best bass fisherman in the world, finished in an unfamiliar spot, 26th…yep, he was the first one out of the final-day cut.
A big congrats goes out to Randy Howell, an Alabama native who made an impressive jump from 11th place at the start of the third day and overcame a 9-pound deficit to take his first Bassmaster Classic victory. He made snap-decision to fish a new area and within the first hour of tournament he sacked up 22 pounds, to later cull up to a limit of just over 29 pounds.This comeback is said to be the greatest comeback in Classic history according to BASS.
Another Classic record fell on Saturday; BASS Federation Nation Angler Paul Mueller from Connecticut put together a 32-pound 3-ounce limit to grab the single-day catch record.That impressive bag vaulted Mueller from 47th to 5th place going into the final day! Mueller then put together another hefty 24-pound limit on the final day to put him just one pound behind Howell. If Mueller would've won, he would've been only the second BASS Federation Nation angler to ever win the Classic.
Even though I was in the midst of a move this weekend, I was still able to use up some bandwidth to view the Classic coverage. At this point in time—prior to seeing the Classic coverage on ESPN2 next weekend—I feel that the involvement of GoPro in this event took the coverage to a new level. From drones flying over the angler's heads capturing the footage, to interviews with the anglers as soon as they pulled their boats form the water, this year's Classic coverage gave an individual the ability to learn from what these anglers were doing and get a glimpse into this event and how life changing it can be.