The 2015 Bassmaster Classic is Underway!

GREENVILLE, SC — A cold start (around 15° F) for today's launch at the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GOPRO held on Lake Hartwell out of Greenville, S.C.. Despite the delay, the event is now underway!

Randy Howell
Randy Howell, courtesy of Kampfire for the King.B.A.S.S. reported yesterday on their decision to delay the start of the competition after consultation with public safety officials in Anderson County, S.C

The launch at Green Pond Event Facility today was delayed until after 8:00 am, because the extremely low temperatures that made the surfaces at the landing icy. Many boats were frozen to the trailers, creating additional delays.

Classic qualifier, Chad Morgenthaler was quoted as saying, "It's all about who has the best gloves today!"

"This is the day we fished for all year," said Gerald "G-Man" Swindle as he wished his fellow competitors safety and luck.

Excitement at the launch was felt as much as the cold, as anglers such as Mike Iaconelli and others posted to social media with confidence and laughter. The atmosphere of the biggest event in fishing at the Day 1 start may set the tone of the event.

Today's Competitors:

Casey Ashley - Donalds, S.C.
Stephen Browning - Hot Springs, Ark.
Coby Carden - Shelby, Ala.
Jason Christie - Park Hill, Okla.
Keith Combs - Huntington, Texas
John Crews - Salem, Va.
Cliff Crochet - Pierre Part, La.
Mark Davis - Mount Ida, Ark.
Ott DeFoe - Knoxville, Tenn.
Troy Diede - Sioux Falls, S.D.
Paul Elias - Laurel, Miss.
Edwin Evers - Talala, Okla.
Todd Faircloth - Jasper, Texas
Shinichi Fukae - Palestine, Texas
Brandon Gray - Bullock, N.C.
Greg Hackney - Gonzales, La.
Matt Herren - Ashville, Ala.
Brett Hite - Phoenix, Ariz.
Randy Howell - Springville, Ala.
Michael Iaconelli - Pittsgrove, N.J.
Teb Jones - Hattiesburg, Miss.
David Kilgore - Jasper, Ala.
Bobby Lane - Lakeland, Fla.
Chris Lane - Guntersville, Ala.
Brandon Lester - Fayetteville, Tenn.
Jarred Lintner - Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Bill Lowen - Brookville, Ind.
Justin Lucas - Guntersville, Ala.
Jeff Lugar - McGaheysville, Va.
Steve Lund - Glendale, Ariz.
Aaron Martens - Leeds, Ala.
Mike McClelland - Bella Vista, Ala.
Andy Montgomery - Blacksburg, S.C.
Chad Morgenthaler - Coulterville, Ill.
Paul Mueller - Naugatuck, Conn.
James Niggemeyer - Van, Texas
Takahiro Omori - Emory, Texas
Cliff Pace - Petal, Miss.
Brandon Palaniuk - Hayden, Idaho
Chad Pipkens - Holt, Mich.
Cliff Pirch - Payson, Ariz.
Jacob Powroznik - Prince George, Va.
Brett Preuett - Monroe, La.
Cliff Prince - Palatka, Fla.
Skeet Reese - Auburn, Calif.
Dean Rojas - Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Scott Rook - Little Rock, Ark.
Morizo Shimizu - Osaka, Japan
Kevin Short - Mayflower, Ark.
Van Soles - Haines City, Fla.
Brian Snowden - Reeds Springs, Mo.
Gerald Swindle - Warrior, Ala.
Randall Tharp - Port St. Joe, Fla.
David Walker - Sevierville, Tenn.
Jacob Wheeler - Indianapolis, Ind.
Andrew Young - Mound, Minn.

Stay tuned to WFN for more Classic and Expo coverage.

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