Will VanDam win his 5th Classic?

 The 2012 Classic which will be held on the Red River System which contains several pools, bayous, sloughs, and oxbows that make fishing for bass an awesome experience.  It is one of the most important river systems in the state of Louisiana.  A new system of locks and dams, the Red River has become one of the best bass fisheries in the south. The Red River consists of five lock and dam complexes located between the Old River Lock on the Mississippi River, 5 miles NE of Simmesport, LA, to South of Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana. The stage is set for what could be one for the record books in more ways than one.    

 The Wrangler/B.A.S.S. tournament of 1997 held the record for the most pounds of fish caught during any B.A.S.S. Federation tournament. Then in 1999 the tournament broke two all-time records for the Wrangler/B.A.S.S. National Championship. They were for total tournament weight and single one-day catch.  This year?s Bassmaster Classic promises to be exciting for the fans as well as the anglers.  It will be interesting to see anglers such as Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli competing on such an awesome fishery.    

 Some of the biggest names in bass fishing will be in fierce competition as they try to prevent what could be VanDam?s fifth Classic title. The pools of the Red River that hold some awesome bass and this will make this year?s Classic interesting. I am curious to discover the lure selections of the pros in this event. According to local anglers of the Red River, the bass are in the back waters, as the river is on a rise, the fish are migrating toward the clear shallower water to spawn. Anglers are having success with Jigs, Lizards, and creature baits that are well around the log jams in shallower water. The competitors of the Classic will catch several larger pre-spawn bass in the deeper water near the spawning areas. Spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs are the local favorites for the Red River at this time of year. With the forecast calling for over cast skies and a light wind from the southwest, along with the waxing crescent moon and current water temperature, it looks like it will be a good day for the anglers.    

 Good luck to each of the anglers as they rest up and study their maps for tomorrows kick off of the event. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this year?s Classic.  

Happy Fishing!

* photos are from Facebook photos of Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli

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