Card’s first Classic

I grew up watching The Bassmasters, and I am sure I watched many Bassmaster Classics throughout my childhood, but the first one that I can remember really well was the ‘98 Classic that Denny Brauer won. I had just turned 12 and was trying to learn all I could about fishing. I remember the commentator saying that Denny was flipping laydowns. Thinking that a laydown was this revolutionary new bait, I asked Dad what a laydown was. He laughed and said, “It’s the trees in the water that Denny is fishing.” Ha-ha.

In 14 years, I have gone from a clueless 12-year-old bass fishing fan dreaming of fishing in a Classic someday to a pro angler that has competed in his first Bassmaster Classic. It’s pretty humbling when I think about it. My first Classic was absolutely incredible; I really had a blast. Even though I finished 38 places lower than what I wanted, I can still say that it was the most fun that I have ever had fishing a tournament. B.A.S.S. and Tulsa rolled out the red carpet for us; they went above and beyond to make the 2013 Classic great. Read More on BASSMASTER.com>

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