The Bassmaster Classic is the biggest event on the fishing calendar — and there are plenty of competitors trying to win it.
In 2013, the best bass fishermen in the country will head to Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in Tulsa, Okla. in quest of $500,000.
Every challenger has different tools and techniques he uses in attempt to catch the biggest fish in the sea. Of course, being near water is a good place to start.
Still, only one person can win the grand prize. Here are the top contenders heading into the weekend.
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If Kevin VanDam is in a fishing tournament, he is automatically the favorite.
The Michigan native is tied with Rick Clunn for the most-ever wins at the Bassmaster Classic with four. He would love to get one more to be the all-time record holder.
Unfortunately, KVD is coming off a disappointing performance a year ago when he finished in 11th place. He actually has not won a single tournament since the beginning of 2011.
Still, the veteran should be expected to use his experience at this event to bounce back this time around.
Although Edwin Evers has never won the Bassmaster Classic, he has a few Top-10 finishes, including eighth in last year's event.
More importantly, there are fewer hotter competitors in the field entering this year's contest.
In the 2012 Elite Series, Evers won the All-Star Semi-finals and then took second at the All-Star Championships behind Aaron Martens. This earned him a solid $10,000.
However, he is looking for a lot more this year. With a strong showing, the local boy has what it takes to win this year's classic.
It was a close battle last year, but Chris Lane ended up taking the top prize with a total weight of 51.6 pounds, topping the rest of the field by over four pounds.
Only VanDam and Clunn have ever won this tournament twice in a row, but Lane is determined to put himself on the list.
Amazingly, this will only be the 38-year-old's third time entering the Classic. Before winning last year, he finished in 49th place in 2008.
Still, his experience last year should give him the confidence necessary to contend for a title once again this year.