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Pro angler predicts Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell could be record breaking year for tournament

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Yamaha Pro Angler, Justin Lucas, talks about upcoming 48th annual Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell (FOX Carolina: 3/13/2018). Yamaha Pro Angler, Justin Lucas, talks about upcoming 48th annual Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell (FOX Carolina: 3/13/2018).
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Yahama Pro Angler, Justin Lucas, knows what it feels like to be out on Lake Hartwell hoping to reel in a win.

"It's definitely rough to not be here and fishing in this one. It's one of my favorite parts of the country, I just love South Carolina," said Lucas.

Lucas, who finished 9th in The 2015 Bassmaster Classic when it came to Lake Hartwell, won't be among the 48 competitors this year, but he knows those anglers will be in for a treat. 

"What makes it such a special lake is how big it is, how many miles of shoreline, the clean water and all the healthy bait fish and stuff that the fish can eat and get big," said Lucas.

Yahama Pro Angler Ish Monroe, who will be watching from the shore too, said he believes this year's tournament could be one for the record books.

"We have constant weather changes happening, things are going to mix up, the big fish are going to bite, this is probably going to be a possible record breaking Classic," said Monroe.

Each day of the Classic the anglers can weigh up to five catches. While the action happens on the lake for them, Monroe said the energy on the shore and during the events is something people have got to experience for themselves. 

"The atmosphere is a combination of a NASCAR, golf, rodeo, rock concert... there's stuff for kids, stuff for the adults. There's something for everybody when you come to a Bassmaster Classic," said Monroe.

The 2018 Bassmaster Classic launches from Greenpond Landing on Lake Hartwell on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 a.m. 

All events and the tournament are free and open to the public. For information on locations and times, click here

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