Winter weather not affecting Bassmaster Classic


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Updated: 2/22/2013 9:20 am Published: 2/21/2013 4:28 pm


Inside the BOKCenter work continues on the Bassmaster Classic weigh in stage, but many are thinking of the weather outside that could dampen Tulsa's big moment

"The excitement here is just overwhelming."

The CEO of B.A.S.S. says Tulsa is doing an extraordinary job as host city, if only the weather would cooperate.

“It was a little scary when the snow was falling, but I think everything is going to be good now,” Bruce Akin said.

Tulsa's Mayor says the city knew this kind of weather was a risk when it hooked the Bassmaster Classic 15 months ago.

“We're used to it, it is February, but we're prepared for it.  Both the City of Tulsa and our neighboring cities and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation; we're ready for it,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

This outdoor fishing competition begins Friday in Grand Lake but you won't hear the anglers complain about the frosty temps.

“They like this cold weather. They'll catch a lot of fish,” Akin said.

“I definitely am enjoying the weather,” local fisherman Jason Christie said.

Some fans don’t like the winter wonderland outside. Mayor Bartlett says some travelers probably have to delay their trip to Tulsa for the Classic.

“Up in Kansas and up north, they're having a lot of snow, so that might cut them back a day or so coming in,” Bartlett said.

The anglers say the roads and highways have not been a problem between Tulsa and Grand Lake, and they're ready to reel them in.

“We're going to work tomorrow whether it's 20 degrees or 40 degrees,” Christie said.

TV viewers across the country should see a much warmer and sunnier Tulsa when the competition ends on Sunday. That's also the most watched day of the three day classic tournament.


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