Pros pick Classic winner on Media Day

GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Thursday's Bassmaster Classic media day, several Elite Series pros were asked which angler looked most likely to win this year's event in light of Wednesday's revealing practice.

Angler responses were as follows:

Gary Klein

No pick.

"So many anglers have the potential to win. It really just depends what patterns prevail. I don't have a pick."

Jeff Freeman

Greg Hackney.

"Because he hasn't said anything all week."

Jared Lintner

Aaron Martens.

"A guy like Aaron Martens on deep water lakes like this is amazing at figuring out how to catch suspended fish."

Jamie Laiche

Skeet Reese.

"He's on a roll. You know, [Toyota Tundra Bassmaster] Angler of the Year. He's just an excellent fisherman and he has momentum going."

Mike McClelland

Casey Ashley.

"The practice rounds may have actually confirmed to a degree who I believe could be the frontrunner. I know its Casey's first Classic, but with his knowledge of the body of water and the history of what he does know about this place and his better understanding of these blueback herring, he could be a strong contender in this thing."

Mike Wurm

No pick.

"Anybody can win it. I think this could be one of the most wide-open Classics we've ever had.

Todd Auten

Kevin VanDam.

"He's the most consistent angler."

Stephen Browning

Stephen Browning (followed closely by Greg Hackney).

"I've had a great practice. I've done my homework. But Greg Hackney would be number two because I really think this thing's going to be won shallow."

Bassmaster.com will provide unprecedented live video coverage of the Classic this week, Feb. 22-24. We'll have live "Hooked Up," daily launches at 7:15 a.m. ET and live weigh-ins and real-time leaderboards starting at 4:30 p.m. ET broadcast live from the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.