Welcome to the new look of Classic Bass!
Classic Bass is undergoing some changes - a new logo, completely redesigned web site with additional content and increased functionality and new management. We will also be hosting the biggest deal in Minnesota tournament bass fishing this year, the 2013 Classic Bass Invitational, a 2 day team tournament on Pokegama Lake with a $600 entry fee and over 100% payback in cash and prizes. There will also be a launch party for the all new Classic Bass website held in conjunction with the tournament. For entry information, click on the tournament logo below. More details will be available soon, so check back often.
For the latest information on 2013 tournaments and used boats, click above to continue to the current site.
Before we forge ahead into a new era of Classic Bass, we'd like to take a moment to say thanks to Loren Davidson and wish him the best in his retirement, the bass of Lake Guntersville should be concerned! Loren did a great job of building Classic Bass into the premier web site for Minnesota tournament bass fishing and used boat sales. Loren took a break from his retirement preparations and wrote a good-bye note, click here to read what he had to say.
The Last Weigh-in Of The Season
By Loren Davidson
Remember the last weigh-in of the season?
You were done competing with your fellow anglers, and the bass.
Some were wishing it would never end, some thought they could have done better, some of you were happy it was finally over.
Some, were already looking forward to the next season.
There is nothing like the anticipation of the next season.
You spend a bit of time looking back at the tournaments, some of which you did well, maybe some you wish you could forget.
You begin to watch a few fishing shows, look forward to the sportshows, hoping that maybe this year they will finally have a Pro bass angler giving a seminar.
You check classicbass.com to see if the tournament schedules are out yet--over and over and over.
As winter begins to wind down, it's time to get your tackle ready.
You try to decide if you need a new rod and reel for that new presentation you saw on that TV show.
As the snow starts to melt, you want to get the boat ready.
Opening day can't come too soon.
You check classicbass.com yet again to see if there are any changes to the schedules.
Then the tournaments will finally start!
The only thing different from the above that I did, was put the tournament schedules on Classic Bass.
That was me for almost twenty years.
And that will now come to an end.
I have decided to retire.
Classicbass.com will continue.
It is being taken over by people that I believe will do a great job.
I do want to take a few moments to thank a few people.
When I started bass fishing competitively in the late 80's, I ran into Ken Milender at a small evening tournament circuit.
We hit it off and he convinced me to join The Gopher BASS club in 1990.
We fished a lot of money tournaments together, and did quite well.
He taught me a lot about bass fishing and we have been friends ever since.
After Ken moved to northern Wisconsin the logistics of fishing tournaments got too tough.
I then hooked up with Ryan Paulson and we fished the Denny's Super 30 circuit and did well.
And we fished what will always be known as "The Skeeter Tournament" on Gull and Whitefish.
I couldn't begin to name all of the friends I made up in the Brainerd area.
That "anticipation of the next season" would really hit me as I drove up to prefish for the Skeeter in June.
I'd catch myself running 80 mph on 169, I couldn't wait to get there and see friends that I hadn't seen since last year.
I'd also like to thank the all of the friends I made in the Twin Cities and Alex area, some of the best anglers I ever met.
In 1993, I met Rick Pelletier and Dave Madson, we also became long term friends.
Ken and I joined with them to create Classic Bass.
We all had the same issue, not finding out about money tournaments except by word of mouth or the occasional flyer.
So we started the Classic Bass Newsletter in 1994 that had a listing of bass tournaments that we gathered.
I started putting it online in 1996, and it has grown into what you see today.
So, this is my last weigh-in.
I did well, but always thought I could do better, just like the tournaments.
It has been an honor to serve.