In 2019, when the Bassmaster Classic was last held in Knoxville, Tennessee native Ott DeFoe came away with the win and proof that “two out of three ain’t bad” when it comes to having a couple of really big days on the water. But a long list of familiar names were also among the top results, including several anglers who would come back to win big in tournaments thereafter. Now the Classic is revisiting the Tennessee River and it’s bound to be another remarkable show. We honestly can’t wait, so we’re Returning to the Classic Crystal Ball to see what may be in store.
Pro Predictions for the 2023 Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee
Before anyone hits the water in pursuit of payouts and the Ray Scott Bassmaster Classic Trophy (newly renamed in honor of B.A.S.S.’s legendary founder), we sat down with the pros and asked them for predictions. See what they said below as they poke a bit of fun, give some glimpses behind-the-scenes, and provide some insight into what it takes to fish the waters of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Biggest Bag of the 2023 Bassmaster Classic
For every big weigh-in bag that helps clinch a win, there are even more examples where the biggest bag of the tournament has catapulted an angler into a prime spot with better payouts. Look no further than the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee, if you want to see that. Though Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson defended his top spot with 4 days of impressive consistency, Day 3 certainly proved that no one should get too comfortable. There’s a good chance we could even see something similar this year.
With that being said, here’s what the pros predict for 2023.
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