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Walker Predicts Record Book Will Be Rewritten At GEICO Bassmaster Classic
Posted by: newsla on Feb 18, 2014 - 06:42 PM
Walker Predicts Record Book Will Be Rewritten At GEICO Bassmaster Classic

Superstar angler David Walker is thrilled to be competing in this weekend's GEICO Bassmaster Classic, but even if he wasn't one of the 56 elite anglers who qualified for the sport's biggest event, it's likely that Walker would be on hand watching the festivities because he's predicting a "Classic to remember."


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"Everything is lining up perfectly," said Walker, who receives major corporate support from Cabela's and tournament sponsor GEICO. "I remember eight years ago when the Classic was in Orlando (Fla.) and all kinds of records were set. Well, I think this tournament could be even better. We may just reset them all.

"It's going to be a catch festival."

As the coldest winter in recent memory finally begins to break, Walker predicts Lake Guntersville's bass will be a hungry bunch, including the big whoppers that can make or break an angler's tournament.

"It's time for them to feed," Walker said. "Fish are cold-blooded creatures and they get lazy and lethargic when the water's cold like it has been. Their metabolism slows way down, kind of like a bear in hibernation, so they don't eat. So the first time it really warms up, they come to life and they are hungry. Just by luck, it seems like this weekend will be that perfect time."

Walker hopes it's his time as well. The affable pro from Sevierville, Tenn., has led the Classic field in the past and finished third on two occasions, including one tournament when he ended up just 10 ounces off the No. 1 spot.

"Winning the GEICO Classic would be the cornerstone of my career," Walker said. "This one makes you. It puts you among the best ever. That's how big this one tournament is to anglers. There's nothing I want more.

"I remember coming to the weigh-in for this deal 16 years ago, in this very town, and sitting there in the audience. All I could think was, 'What do I need to do to get up on that stage?' It's been the driving force in my career ever since.

"Just qualifying for the Classic and having a chance to win it all is what drives you throughout the year. When you're at other events and you're not catching any fish and you're cold and you're having mechanical issues and you're ready to just pack it in, you think about this tournament and it makes you dig deeper."

Walker will enjoy the undying support of his wife Misty and his good-luck charms, daughters Lilly and Olivia, who will be in town to cheer him on.

After a practice day Thursday, all participating anglers will launch at 7:15 a.m. from City Harbor in Guntersville, Ala., for the remaining three days of the event. Weigh-ins will take place beginning at 3 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham.

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