December 16th, 2013
Top 5 Anglers To Watch At The 2017 Bassmaster Classicby Grant Pentiricci March 19, 2017
I really think that all the anglers competing in theMarch 2, 2016
This year, the Bassmaster Classic is being held on Lake Conroe, TX. With the Classic moving to Texas and shifting into late March there are definitely some surprises on their way this year. Speculation on who will win is rampant with many writers favoring locals; so we thought we would share with you our top 5 anglers who we think have the best shot at winning the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe this year.
Edwin Evers is the classic defending champion and he has fished 15 previous Bassmaster Classic events. An angler like Edwin can easily block everything out and focus on catching bass. He has proven that he is equally comfortable fishing shallow or deep and that makes him very dangerous to the rest of the field. The thing that makes Edwin such a strong contender is that he is so versatile and he’s able to judge conditions so well. If the bite is shallow he can go in and pitch a jig comfortably. If the bite is deep he is just a comfortable when other anglers are bamboozled. Edwin may not be a local but his experience and versatility can easily make up for this.
Keith is probably the favorite of the entire field. He is a local from Huntington, TX (which is less than 2 hours away from Lake Conroe), so you know that he is very comfortable fishing this type of water. He has been guiding in the area for a long time and has also won two Toyota Texas Bass Classic victories on Conroe. This being his 6th Classic appearance,which also means that he is comfortable with the pressure of such a big event. He is a very strong contender.
From having personally spent time in a boat with Bobby’s brother, Chris, I can tell you that the Lane brothers are a class act. Bobby is originally from Lakeland, FL and the Lane brothers know big bass; especially Florida strain bass like the ones that were used to populate most Texas lakes. Bobby is comfortable pitching into heavy cover and fishing in his native Florida has given him all the confidence to know what he is doing this Classic. He has competed in 10 previous Bassmaster Classic events consecutively and also finished 2nd and 4th on Conroe in previous events, so he is accustomed to the pressure of an event such as this. If the bite is a shallow one and Bobby can capitalize on this pattern, then he may become the 2017 classic champion.
Greg isn’t exactly a Texas local. He is from Gonzales, LA. But what he does know is pitching into thick cover in shallow water. If Lake Conroe sets up right for him he is capable of dominating the shallows of Conroe. Greg is coming off a big recent win as well. He was the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest champion so his confidence is high. Those factors could just put him where he needs to be mentally to take the Classic this year.
This is Takahiro’s 12th classic, so you know he isn’t a new guy on the block. He has been competing at this level for some time now. He is a local, living in Emory, TX, so he knows Texas and the lakes well. Look to see consistent weights each day as he dials in the bass. He has been known to bring in massive bags after the first day of fishing, once he dials them in.
Whatever happens at this year’s Bassmaster Classic, it is sure to be an amazing event with some big bags. I just hope I can keep my lucky streak going. I’ve been lucky with my predictions in 2015 and 2016; hopefully I can make it three years in a row!
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci