COLUMBIA, SC – Abu Garcia pro Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., battled rising water temps at the 42nd annual Bassmaster Classic on the Red River, scoring his first Bassmaster Classic victory by a margin more than 3 pounds over fellow pro Greg Vinson. With the victory, Lane, who totaled 51 pounds, 6 ounces over the three-day event, captured the Classic Champion title.
Using a technique he has been known to favor, Lane regularly made runs to Pool 4 of the Red, which turned out to be the more productive of the areas he visited throughout the tournament. Lane capitalized on every bite and earned the victory along with the $500,000 top prize.
“This is an absolute dream come true,” said Lane. “I stuck with my game plan. It was pretty easy to catch five good fish, but I knew I needed big fish for this to happen. I hit new spots each day and that is a risky move on any water. This was my plan and once I committed I simply stayed with it. I have to thank my family for supporting me and my sponsors were a tremendous help. I really couldn’t do this with out their support.”
Since his first tournament on the BASS circuit, the Stren pro has four first place finishes, two second-place finishes and has finished in the money 57 times. Lane was fishing with 15-pound Stren Brute Strength mono to capitalize on most his bites.
“I really like using the Abu Garcia Revo SX paired with that 7’ 4” All Star ASR Series rod,” said Lane. “The whole combination just works. I spooled the SX up with Stren Brute Strength to catch my bigger fish back in those pools.”
There were two Lanes fishing on the final day. Chris’ brother Bobby had a great final day put ended up a bit short. The fellow Abu Garcia pro finished in 20th place with a bag of 31 pounds, 10 ounces.
The next stop for Bassmaster Elite Series anglers is the St. Johns River Showdown, set for March 15-18 on Florida’s St. Johns River.