2019 Classic will be last BASS event for three top Oklahoma anglers
Feb 24th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 227
Modified Feb 24th, 2019 at 6:44 PM
Three Oklahoma anglers will take their shot for the top of the heap in the Bassmaster Classic set this year for March 15-17 on the Tennessee River at Knoxville.
Edwin Evers of Talala, James Elam of Tulsa and Jason Christie of Park Hill are the Oklahoma trio qualified for the 49th Bassmaster Classic, which will feature 52 anglers.
All three local anglers now compete on the Major League Fishing Pro Tour but qualified for the 2019 Classic in 2018. This will be each angler’s swan song appearance with BASS, as it will be for much of the field.
Evers is the veteran of the group as 2016 Classic champion and with 17 Classic appearances to his credit. Christie has seen six, with three top-10 finishes, and Elam has been to the last three Classics with his best showing in fourth place in 2017.
The three-day event is worth $300,000 to the winner, out of a total purse of $1 million.
The Classic will play out on twin reservoirs of Fort Loudoun and Tellico lakes, which are connected by a canal and offer a combined 30,000 acres with both largemouth and smallmouth bass.Read More: 2019 Classic will be last BASS event for three top Oklahoma anglers