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Local knowledge will be crucial say experts

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Boyd Duckett, of former ICAST winner Duckett Fishing. He is the last of eight rookies to win the Bassmaster Classic.

Local knowledge will again prove crucial to winning the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro. That’s the verdict of a poll conducted by among former Classic champions.

Thirty six men have won the 45 titles contested to date, nine of which will be among the anglers competing on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake this year.

The previous winners were asked to name their top five finishers, with Jason Christie and Edwin Evers, both from Oklahoma, emerging as first and second favourites respectively. Locals have won the event in the last two years.

Of this year’s 55 competitors, 28 received at least one vote. The first time an angler living in the same state won the event was in 2007, when Boyd Duckett clinched the title.

Duckett was also the last of eight rookies to have won the Classic. Only three rookies featured in the champs’ poll – Brent Ehrler, James Elam and James Watson.

The top five vote catchers and their percentage of the ballot were: Jason Christie 85%, Edwin Evers 59%, Kevin Van Dam 52%, Aaron Martens 48% and Todd Faircloth 26%.


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