Greg Hackney, Keith Alan preview the Bassmaster Classic; Custom Classic weather forecast


Elite Series pro Greg Hackney and bass-industry insider Keith Alan preview the Bassmaster Classic, which launches Friday out of Shreveport, La. Also in this episode, bass-fishing meteorologist Tony Barlow offers a customized Classic weather forecast and hosts Greg Huff, Jason Holmer and Rich Lindgren lock their Fantasy Fishing rosters and release their picks.

Hackney, of  Gonzales, La., will be fishing his 10th Classic. He finished 25th in the 2011 Angler of the Year race. In the 2009 Classic on the Red River, he placed 20th. A 5th-place on Lake Hartwell was his best Classic showing. No other angler has fished more than three Classics on home-state waters.

Ultimate Fishing Experience founder and CEO Keith Alan is a former Bassmaster Elite Series weigh-in emcee. He now produces "Ultimate Fishing Experience," which airs Thursday nights on NBC Sports.

Tony Barlow, a former meteorologist and new-media advisor at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD, is founder of the website weathertheoutdoors.com.

"Fantasy Fishing Insider" is hosted by former North American Fisherman social media editor "Web Guy Greg" Huff, and co-hosted by Rich Lindgren of Rich's Bassin' Blog and Jason Holmer of Bass Utopia. Follow "Fantasy Fishing Insider" on Facebook and Twitter.

Join our Bass Utopia Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing group today for a chance to win an Abu Garcia Veritas flippin stick!

B.A.S.S. file photo. Used with permission.