Playing it cool. The legendary 3-day spectacle the Bassmaster Classic is the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing competition, originally held in the fall, then it was moved to summer, and now it’s traditionally held in the winter. How could the Oklahoma winter weather not be on the minds of the anglers?
What about the anglers
It’s going to be freezing on Grand Lake, but cold weather is never an issue for a professional angler, they are used to being cold. Some like fishing in the cold while others like fishing better in the heat, and some like fishing better in the coolness of fall and spring-like weather.
What about the equipment
Water freezes at 32 degrees. Friday is predicted sunny and 38, Saturday and Sunday partially cloudy, 46 and 62 degrees and in that order, the nights have been in the 20’s and slow and sleet are on the menu. It’s more a question of what won’t freeze; the boat engine stays warm in the water and running. The trolling motors will stay warm in the water and running, it’s the taking them in and out of the water than can pose an issue. But once the trolling motor is put back in the water it will unfreeze itself, with the water temperature being warmer than the air temperature.
What about the fish
All fish will be feeding no matter what the weather is. It’s fishing business as usual. Some of the fish will come up to eat in the shallows and head back down to the warmer depths. All fish are caught under catch-and-release rules, and must measure 12 inches and must be alive at the weigh-in.
What about the fans
Warm and toasty it will be in the family-friendly 2013 Bassmaster Classic Expo Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Tulsa Convention Center 100 Civic Center, Tulsa Oklahoma 74103. Meet legendary anglers, and visit the exhibition booths, kids zone, enter a fishing trip with Mike Iaconelli.
Boat Launch: 7 AM CT daily. Wolf Creek Park on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
Weigh-In: BOK Center 3 PM CT daily
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