Despite being overshadowed by this weekend's marquee sporting events, including the Daytona 500 and UFC 157, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic is sure to produce some of the best angling fans will see all year long.
This year's event will take place at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in Tulsa, Okla.
Although there will be dozens of elite anglers gunning for the $500,000 and bragging rights, only one can come away with the title of Bassmaster champion. Here we'll highlight some of the top anglers to watch for this weekend.
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As the reigning Bassmaster Classic champion, Florida native Chris Lane has to be considered a contender to win in 2013.
Although Lane's victory wasn't by an incredible margin in 2012, the confidence gained will only make him a better angler at this year's prestigious event. With a win he could join Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam as the only men to have won to back-to-back Bassmaster Classics.
It's hard to believe that Lane is making just his third career appearance at the Bassmaster Classic, but imagine how impressive it would be for him to win his second Classic in just his third attempt.
A veteran angler, Skeet Reese last won the Bassmaster Classic in 2009.
And although he hasn't won since, he's certainly got the skills to add another title to his resume this weekend in Oklahoma.
Reese has taken part in plenty of Classics over the years, and has six first-place finishes over the course of his prolific angling career. There's a great chance that he adds to that number this weekend.
The 2007 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, Reese is more than just another face in the crowd. He's one of the more consistent anglers out there. His 61 career top-10 B.A.S.S. finishes speak to that.
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Not to be confused with NBA superstar Kevin Durant, KVD, otherwise known as Kevin VanDam is a magician when it comes to reeling in championship-caliber bass at the annual Bassmaster Classic.
VanDam has won this event four times in the past, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. He is tied with Rick Clunn for most Classic wins all time.
His 20 career B.A.S.S. tournament wins are most all time.
Viewers can expect him to once again have a strong weekend in Tulsa. With one more win he'll stand alone as the greatest champion the Bassmaster Classic has ever seen, as if he needed any more motivation than the half-a-million bucks awaiting the winner.
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