Courtesy BASS
Bryan Basher

TULSA, Okla. — For the first 43 years of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, only one angler managed to win the event in his home state.

Now, there’s a chance it could happen for the third year in a row.

After establishing a solid lead with 20 pounds, 14 ounces on Day 1 at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Oklahoma pro Jason Christie added 16-11 Saturday and maintained his spot atop the leaderboard with a two-day total of 37-9. Christie leads second-place angler Todd Faircloth (31-14) by more than 5 pounds, and has better than a 6-pound advantage over third-place angler Edwin Evers (31-4), another Oklahoma native.


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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