Here’s a quick and simple guide for watching the biggest derby in fishing.
Everyone who wants to pay attention to the Super Bowl of bass fishing, the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, needs a simple guide to help them stay on top of the action at this year’s tournament in Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.
Officially, the tournament starts at 7 a.m. Central on March 4, 2016 at the takeoff location, Wolf Creek Park near the Hard Rock Dock in Grove, Oklahoma. The first flight check-in time is 3 p.m. Central.
Here’s how to watch the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.
Watch It Live On the Water
The very best way to view the Classic is on the water with the competitors. I can’t think of any other sport where you get to watch the action unfold right on the field like you can with bass fishing.
But be respectful. Stay back from the competitors and stay away from the areas they are trying to fish. And don’t GPS their locations.
Watch It Live at Home
You can watch the Classic as it unfolds without loading up the boat. Just watch the BASSMaster Live Stream. It’ll run from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day of the competition.
You’ll get commentary from Tommie Sanders and Mark Zona along with pro anglers that either didn’t make the Classic or, during the final day, failed to make the cut.
Count the Pounds
The daily weigh-ins will also be broadcast on the BASSMaster Live Stream. Weigh-ins begin at the BOK Center at 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Follow @BASSTrakk on Twitter
Hop on Twitter and pay attention to @BASSTrakk, which will automatically tweet any catches made by competitors, the time of catch, and the total livewell weight.
Also, read Bassmaster’s blog, they do a great job of daily recaps. Here are some more official Bassmaster accounts to follow:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/bass
- Facebook event: Click for Classic event page
- Twitter: twitter.com/BASS_nation
- Instagram: instagram.com/bass_nation
Follow Anglers on Social Media
Plenty of pro bass fishermen, especially ones of Bassmaster Classic caliber, have learned to power of social media, and incorporate it into their daily lives (even when they’re competing!). No they may not post to Facebook while they’re out on the water, but there’s almost a guarantee that plenty of them will share posts and messages after their day on the water, and hopefully give some cool insight that we wouldn’t get without social media and the powers of the Internet.
Watch on TV
In years past, the Classic was aired live on ESPN with multiple broadcasts throughout the day. For reasons I simply don’t understand, that’s no longer the case. If you want to know what happens as it happens, you’ll have to rely on the live stream and BASSMaster.com coverage.
To see the edited broadcast, you can watch starting March 19-20 when the shows air on ESPN2. Day 1 will air on the 19th at 7 a.m., Day 2 shows at 3 p.m. on the 19th, and Day 3 airs on the 20th at noon (all times EST).
So plan your parties, take time off work, or sheepishly open a new browser window and watch while you’re supposed to be doing something else. Just don’t miss the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, because now you have no excuse.