3 Mud Hole Pros Make the 2018 Bassmaster Classic

See how 3 of Mud Hole’s National Pro Staffers used their skills in fishing and rod building alike to join Bassmaster’s ultimate competition.

How Rod Building Helps Reach the Classic

The Bassmaster Classic stands out as one of the biggest bass fishing events each year and this year, 3 pro anglers will dawn the signature Mud Hole colors on Lake Hartwell for the 2018 Classic.

Joining the Classic line-up is a huge accomplishment for any angler, so let’s revisit just how Bassmaster Elite Pros Brandon Lester and Bradley Roy as well as FLW Veteran John Cox were able to capitalize on their opportunities to make the cut.

Brandon Lester Captures Spot in Classic

Heading into Mille Lacs Lake in Onamia, Minnesota, Bassmaster Elite Pro Brandon Lester found himself on the Classic bubble. On the verge of either making the Classic or watching his bubble burst, Brandon knew it wouldn’t be easy, but welcomed the challenge.

After three days of tight competition and a lot of learning on the lake, Lester caught 43lb-1oz to finish in the money and leave with a qualifying ticket for his third Bassmaster Classic appearance. Although he was nervous coming off the lake, he later left weigh-in with a huge smile knowing he’s fishing in the 2018 Classic.

Check out Brandon Lester’s Pro Tour MB843 7’0” Casting Rod and fish with the same professional performance Lester’s taking to the Classic!

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Bradley Roy’s Big Return to the Classic

Like Brandon, Bassmaster Elite Pro Bradley Roy entered Mille Lacs with his mind focused on making the Classic cut and his custom MHX Rods dialed in for smallmouth fishing. But after just day 2, Roy could rest easy knowing he bagged 36lb-13oz, which also gained him enough points to seal a place in the 2018 Classic.

Bradley ultimately finished with 52lb-1oz of Mille Lacs’ Bass, a nice check to cash, and a ticket to his second straight Bassmaster Classic. Considering this will be his second Classic and he placed 7th in his first appearance, Bradley Roy is incredibly hungry for a dominant return to the Classic.

Build Bradley Roy’s Pro Tour HM-SJ870 7’3” High-Mod Finesse Spinning Rod to catch a superior performance and of course, more fish!

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John Cox Fishing Familiar Water in 1st Classic

When Pro John Cox finished on top of the B.A.S.S. Southern Open at Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tennessee with 68lb-3oz, his big win came with more than just a check, it also included a spot in the next Bassmaster Classic.

After hoisting the Forrest Wood Cup and making a major splash on the FLW Tour, Cox and his custom MHX Rods are crossing over to fish in the 2018 Classic. The sight fishing phenom is excited for the opportunity, especially considering this Classic will be held on Lake Hartwell where he secured a huge Tour win back in 2016.

With his spots and some new rod builds in mind, Cox is a dangerous competitor looking to capitalize on his knowledge and experience of Lake Hartwell.

Get the John Cox Pro Tour HM-SJ842 7’0” High-Mod Spinning Rod and witness why Cox is catching fish at will across the country!

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Congratulations on Making the Cut and Good Luck in the Classic!