2017 Bassmaster Classic & The Villages Club Cart Classic


Now that The Villages Bass Tournament is behind us, aka Club Cart Classic won by Rick Clark,  it’s time to crown the king of bass fishing with the Bassmaster Classic just held at Lake Conroe, TX. 52 anglers qualified for the 3 day event. The top 25 after day two were eligible to fish day 3 for the crown and $300,000 for 1st place. 4 time winners Rick Clunn & Kevin VanDam are no strangers to the winners circle regardless of Classic wins. Clunn never qualified this year but VanDam did & was right in there until the end but wound up finishing 10th.

Brent Ehler

Brent Ehler is a 10 year veteran fishing the FLW circuit along with winning the coveted Forrest Wood Cup. Although he’s only been fishing the Bassmaster trail for 2 years, don’t let that fool ya. His pa$$ion runs deep but during this tournament he fished mainly shallow while others concentrated on deeper areas. If you were a fantasy fisherman, your choice anglers probably got blown away. The Texas guys crashed & burned.

Edwin Evers on bedding bass for 2 hrs

After moving around for 2 days, here’s Edwin Evers with the sticks down sitting on a bass for 2 hours plus. It had to be a giant for him to stay on this bedding bass this long. He left it….it’s still there. The reining Classic Champion finished 11th.

Swindle told emcee beard trimmer Dave Mercer his breath smells like diesel fuel

Not all the action was on the water on day 3. Gerald Swindle has been sporting a beard for a few months and all jokes aside he decided to make a money raising event for breast cancer awareness. A friends mom is battling the disease now. Swindle said he’d cut his beard for $2017….and then the sponsors started coming on board. There will be 10’s of thousands of dollars raised when it’s said & done. I’m sure it’ll be covered on the Bassmaster television show. The “G” man is a comedian when not in the boat but he was all business talking about this damnable disease. Hat’s off to you “G”.

Lefebre finished 14th

Dave Lefebre was on a roll the first 2 days with a total weight of 41-1 and remaining in the top 6. On day 3 Lefebre only caught 1 fish weighing 1-15 lbs giving him 43 lbs total finishing 14th.

Mike Iaconelli finished 6th with 2 fish brought in on day 3 giving him total wt 48-7.


Ike showed the crowd, 1 of 2 fish he brought in on day 3. This former Classic Champ told the winner “your life is about to change drastically.”



25 Year Old Champion Jordan Lee

Champion Jordan Lee Wt 27-6








With a day 2 weight total of 29-6 for 25 year old Jordan Lee, he pulled out all the stops on day 3 and clobbered them by catching a 5 fish limit totaling 27-4 giving him the largest sack of the day and the lead. He never looked back and with that was declared the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Champion. Congratulations to Jordan Lee.

Ott DeFoe had Big Bass for the 3 days weighing 9-9.

Congratulations also go to Rick Clark that won The Villages bass tournament recently…. 1 extra note was given to me from judges & anglers at the pond that Clark was fishing….they awarded him 8 out of 10 for a swan dive he did into the pond. You’re lucky nobody took pictures Rick. Just keep in mind, your secret is always safe with me. 🙂

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