Josh Bertrand – Preparing For the Bassmaster Classic



Professional angler and Rigid Industries Torture Team Member recently shared a look at his preparations for his first ever Bassmaster Classic, fishing’s premier tournament:

It is now clear to me that life as a full time tournament bass fisherman is not for a schedule-oriented person. This “off-season” has been full of planning, preparation, seminar speaking, guiding, and of course…more tournament fishing.

It has been great to spend a significant amount of time with my now fiancé and family through the holidays. However, the holidays have come and passed, and it is now time to put the game face on and get ready to fish. Over New Year’s, I got engaged to my better half, Chantel. I am lucky to have her in my life, and it’s a great feeling to see that ring on her finger. We don’t have an exact date for the wedding yet, but it will definitely be at some point this fall or winter!

The one event that has me completely fixated is the Bassmaster Classic. We are just over a month away from the Classic, and I know that month will fly by. The location for the Classic, Lake Guntersville, is known as one of the top bass fisheries in the country. In two scouting trips to the lake this fall, I can understand why. The lake is so fertile with grass, baitfish, and almost constant current in the main river.

The 2014 Classic has all the makings to be an epic tournament. While I am behind in the experience department to many of the other guys fishing this thing, I really like the style of fishing it will take to do well out there. Chances are it will be a “cast and wind” kind of tournament. Lipless cranks, jerkbaits, and swimbaits could all play a big factor.


Over the coming month, I’ll be rigging my new Nitro/Mercury combo, wrapping both the Z-9 and Tundra, rigging both with Rigid Industries LEDs, and getting all my tackle ready to go. Along with the boat and fishing gear, another key piece to being successful on tour is a solid tow vehicle. Over the past week, I have been outfitting my Toyota Tundra with some key new additions like air bags for carrying a heavy load, a Surco Roof Rack for more storage, and of course more Rigid Lights because you can never have too much light.

I was happy with my rookie season on the Elite Series in 2013, but I’ve been warned to bring an even better game for the sophomore campaign. Getting too comfortable with your placement can lead to bad finishes and great struggles. This year, I’m planning to be more prepared and ready to grind harder than ever….it starts now.

Article By Josn Bertrand, January 2014; photos courtesy of



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