Almost Classic Time

After watching coverage of Gerald Swindles big Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Toho, I get more and more anxious to do some fishing and for the the two big tours to get started.  That also means the start of Fantasy Fishing!  Oh yeah, G-Man is the first qualifier for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic as of now.

Fifty of the world’s top anglers will compete for the title of Bassmaster Classic champion on the Louisiana Delta, Feb. 18-20, 2011.  The timing of this Classic could not be much better for the area, it will showcase how great the fishery is, despite the huge oil spill this past summer.  Here is a great article, highlighting how B.A.S.S. has partnered to help preserve and restore the Delta and surrounding areasB.A.S.S has found a way to make the classic work out in the fish?s advantage, too. They?ve partnered up with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in campaigns to promote the restoration and protection of Louisiana?s imperiled coastal wetlands and reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta.

So taking a look at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic field below, I think it will be a super exciting Classic and some big bags should be weighed.  The Delta being such a huge playing field, I actually think this opens things up and almost anyone could win.  The more expansive the fishery, the more likely anyone could come a across a giant pod of untouched fish and have that all to themselves.

I will come up with some picks as we get closer to the event and Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing is open.  Here is the full field, with qualification method, home state, classics participated in.

Defending Champion (1)

Name (No. of Classics)
Kevin VanDam (21)
Home state
MI

Bassmaster Elite Series (36)

Name (No. of Classics)
Edwin Evers (10)
Skeet Reese (12)
Terry Butcher (2)
Aaron Martens (12)
Cliff Pace (4)
Russ Lane (4)
Greg Hackney (9)
Tommy Biffle (17)
Gary Klein (29)
Derek Remitz (3)
John Crews (5)
Brian Snowden (5)
Mark Davis (15)
Mike McClelland (8)
Todd Faircloth (9)
Scott Rook (8)
Morizo Shimizu (1)
Matt Herren (3)
Bill Lowen (3)
Stephen Browning (7)
Michael Iaconelli (12)
Dave Wolak (5)
Shaw Grigsby (13)
Boyd Duckett (5)
Bobby Lane (4)
Jeff Kriet (7)
Gerald Swindle (11)
Jason Williamson (1)
Greg Vinson (1)
Steve Kennedy (5)
Dean Rojas (9)
Brent Chapman (10)
Kevin Wirth (12)
Kelly Jordon (9)
Terry Scroggins (8)
Paul Elias (15)
Home state
OK
CA
OK
AL
MS
AL
LA
OK
TX
AL
VA
MO
AR
AR
TX
AR
JP
AL
OH
AR
NJ
NC
FL
AL
FL
OK
AL
SC
AL
AL
AZ
KS
KY
TX
FL
MS

Southern Opens (2)

Name (No. of Classics)
Randall Tharp (1)
Andy Montgomery (1)
Home state
AL
SC

Central Opens (2)

Name (No. of Classics)
Keith Combs (1)
Clark Reehm (2)
Home state
TX
TX

Northern Opens (2)

Name (No. of Classics)
Ryan Said (1)
Tracy Adams (1)
Home state
MI
NC

Federation Nation (6)

Name (No. of Classics)
Brandon Palaniuk (1)
George Crain (1)
Dale Hightower (1)
Brian LaClair (1)
Sean Alvarez (1)
David Watson (1)
Home state
ID
AL
OK
DE
VT
IN

Weekend Series (1)

Name (No. of Classics)
Ryan McMurtury (1)
Home state
SC

Source: http://bassinblog.richlindgren.com/2011/01/23/almost-classic-time.aspx?ref=rss

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