Article: Bryan Basher - 

TULSA, Okla. — The bass on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees are in transition, and all of the 55 anglers in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro are doing a decent job staying ahead of them.

But on Friday, one angler — a local favorite who lives right down the road — did it better than anyone else.

Jason Christie, a Park Hill, Okla., pro who lives just an hour away from the lake, brought five bass to the scales that weighed 20 pounds, 14 ounces and took the opening-round lead in the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing. Alabamian Greg Vinson, who almost missed the event due to the lingering effects of a concussion, is second with 18-1, and Texas pro Alton Jones is third with 17-13.

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2016 Classic Photos

  • Day 1 Launch Oklahoma Classic angler Jason Christie is sure to be a crowd favorite this weekend.

    Photo: James Overstreet / BASS
  • Media Day Oklahoma native Jason Christie was one of the more favored interviews on Media Day.
    Photo: James Overstreet / BASS
  • Final Practice Day Like other anglers, Christie pulls up the trolling motor and heads out.

    Photo: Ronnie Moore / BASS
  • Final Practice Day He was as calm as they come as he tries to win the Super Bowl of bass fishing on one of his home lakes
    Photo: Ronnie Moore / Bass
  • Final Practice Day Christie was picking apart cover with numerous baits and presentations Photo: Ronnie Moore / BASS
  • Final Practice Day Local Favorite Jason Christie is the next angler we spotted Photo:Ronnie Moore / BASS

          

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