Reed Montgomery Weighs-In on 2014 Bassmaster Classic to be Held on Lake Guntersville

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Veteran Alabama fishing guide Reed Montgomery shared this from his web site:  http://www.fishingalabama.com/2013/11/alabamas-guntersville-lake-2014-bassmasters-classic-february-21-23/

Thanks Reed!

The 2014 Bassmasters Classic Guntersville Lake, Alabama February 21-23

 

Are You Ready?

The 44th Annual World Renouned 2014 Bassmasters Classic is returning to Alabama!

Make your plans now! Call on Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 “Guntersville lake’s oldest, professional – bass fishing only – freshwater guide service for over 40 years.”

Reserve your, ”day of fishing for big, largemouth bass,” while watching how each of these 2014 Bassmaster Classic contenders take on Alabama’s largemouth bass, while fishing Alabama’s largest man-made impoundment, massive Guntersville Lake.

Situated in north Alabama near the town of Guntersville, this aquatic weed-infested waterway is over 80 miles long. During the last week of February big, prespawn largemouth bass can be found anywhere lake wide. But only one angler can win. Some lucky angler may break the 100 pound mark for bringing in 5 bass each day, during three days of what will for sure be, some very frantic Classic competition!

During the entire week of February 16-23 (pre-Classic practice and 3 days actual competition), there will be 56 of your favorite Bassmasters professional anglers all veing for that huge, $300,000 first place purse and most importantly, recognition as the “world’s best bass angler!”

For the last 40 plus years Reed Montgomery, owner of Reeds Guide Service has taken anglers to every lake in Alabama. Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and some huge, striped bass! With lures only, no live bait ever…

Including entertaining visitors here in Alabama, that came to fish and watch the Bassmasters Classic contenders when it was held on Alabama lake’s such as Guntersville Lake situated on the Tennessee River System. Past Bassmasters Classic’s have also been held several times on Coosa River System lake’s, Logan Martin Lake and Lay lake. It was also held on the Alabama River System impoundment, Jones Bluff Lake.

As for Guntersville Lake, this is the second time the Bassmasters Classic has been held on this massive, Tennessee River System impoundment. An 80 mile long lake, with the lake’s headwaters situated right below Nickajack lake dam and the lower Guntersville lake dam, located right above Wheeler lake, Alabama’s second largest, man-made impoundment.

* In 1976 Rick Clunn (now a four time Bassmasters Classic Champion), won that Guntersville Lake, Bassmaster’s Classic with a winning weight of about 58 pounds. 

Not only was that 1976 Bassmasters Classic the first of its kind to be held on Guntersville lake (in 38 years now), but it was the last of a certain kind of Classic as well.

Every since the first Bassmasters Classic first began, the “Classic location” has always been kept a secret location. This 1976 Guntersville lake Classic was the last of this kind. Ray Scott always saw to it, that each angler was not told of this “mystery lake” Classic location.

Each and every Bassmaster Classic contender was always “kept in suspense” right up until the week of the actual Classic competion! The Bassmaster Classic location was then revealed while, “in flight”on a plane ride, all the Classic contenders then took together to the selected mystery lake!

Alabama has been selected as host of the Bassmasters Classic 11 times since 1976. With the fantastic Bassmasters Classic weigh-in held in Birmingham 6 times. It will again be held in 2014 in Birmingham all three days of the 2014 Feb 21-23 Bassmaster’s Classic! Included will be the Classic Outdoor Show held all week as well.

This year’s 2014 Bassmaster Classic will feature 56 selected anglers that hail from all over the globe. Nine of those anglers are from Alabama! Last years 2013 Classic Champion (Cliff Pace) and the 2013 Bassmaster Angler of the Year (Aaron Martens), both get an automatic berth in this years 2014 Classic!

All the other Classic contenders worked their way up throught the ranks of the worlds best bass anglers, just to get here. Many of these Classic contenders have been here before…

Like Gary Klein, that is fishing his 31st Bassmasters Classic! Or Rick Clunn that has fished 32 Bassmasters Classics! Other past Classic Champions are Paul Elias, Skeet Reese, Michael Iaconelli and Kevin Van Dam. You can expect to see them at this 2014 Classic as well!

So, is it possible for some lucky angler to hope of even breaking that seemingly almost magical mark of 100 pounds, in 3 days of Classic competition? Yes, its possible. For its been done many times before on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, held in years past on Guntersville lake.

In 2010 Skeet Reese won here with over 100 pounds. This preceeded a Bassmasters Elite Series Tournament held on Guntersville Lake in 2009, with the top 4 anglers bringing in over 100 pounds each!

Aaron Martens won that 2009 Bassmasters Elite Series Tournament with 107 pounds! Close behind was Skeet Reese with 104 pounds! Third place was taken by past Classic Champion Kevin Van Dam, with 102 pounds. Michael Iaconelli took fourth place with 101 pounds!

So yes, it is possible many of these 2014 Bassmaster Classic Guntersville Lake contenders, that may break the 100 pound mark in three days of Classic competition! Why?

That traditional pre-spawn period, from late February on into the month of March, is when we see more big, Guntersville lake largemouth bass (those trophy-size prespawn bass, exceeding ten pounds, weighing on into the teens), that are fooled by some lucky angler, each and every year.

 

In years past (last year it was a 12 pounder, caught in Feb.), as owner of Reeds Guide Service, I can honestly say, ” This is Alabama’s best, big bass lake in the state” for fishing during the latter portion of winter for trophy largemouth bass!

We also saw two 10 pounders and four 9 pounders caught in 2013. Many years back, one angler caught a 12 pounder and a 14 pounder while fishing with me one late winter day on Guntersville Lake…a true, trophy bass fishery! 

So make plans now! Book your guided fishing trip with Reeds Guide Service, call ahead for a motel and a fantastic fishing trip to Alabama during the Bassmasters Classic week to be held Feb. 16-23 of 2014!

There are only 7 days in a week. Thats 7 fishing trips, for either one or two anglers per boat, with several qualified guides and boats available for multiple parties! Call today! (205) 663-1504 or E-mail me [email protected] or see my websitewww.fishingalabama.com for more info on this year’s 2014 Bassmasters Classic!

See you there!  

Thanks! Reed Montgomery, owner of Reeds Guide Service “guiding for bass on all of Alabama’s lakes for over 40 years” Birmingham, Alabama (205) 663-1504
Internet Website www.fishingalabama.com

Reed Montgomery

About Reed Montgomery

Alabama's Oldest, Professional "Bass Fishing Only" Guide Service For Over 40 Years Fishing all of Alabama's Lakes for all Species of Bass and Striped Bass.