It’s no secret Chris Lane has been a busy guy over the past year. Winning the Bassmaster Classic tends to eat away at an angler’s free time. Looking ahead, 2013 is shaping up to be just as busy on the water.
Lane competed in the Kissimmee Chain Bassmaster Southern Open last week and he’s fishing the Lake Okeechobee FLW Tour this week as he’ll one of nine pros to fish both the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series this year – his brother, Bobby, will pull double duty as well. When factoring in the eight Elite Series events plus the Classic at Grand Lake and the six FLW Tour events plus a possible trip to the Cup and the remaining two Southern Opens and a potential spot in the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, it's possible he could wind up fishing 20 or more tournaments this year.
By comparison, he fished 14 a year ago, counting the Lake Toho PAA Series Team tournament. One reason he opted to do both tours this year was the FLW Tour schedule is pretty well consolidated in the southeast with the exception of Beaver Lake and Grand Lake.
“It gives me the ability to try to make some money right off the bat,” he said. “Being down in Florida – I just fished the (Kissimmee Chain) Southern Open – I wanted to fish this one on Okeechobee just to try to make some money. Also, a lot of those (FLW) events are pretty close to my house. I’ve got time to see how things are shaping up and whether I decide to fish them all or not.”
The schedule would pose some challenges along the way, especially if he qualifies for the Cup. He’ll be at the St. Lawrence River Elite Series in northern New York, a stone’s throw from Canada, the week before the Cup, which is slated for the Red River in Shreveport, La. According to Google Maps, that’s a 1,500-mile, 24-hour journey.
“That trip from New York to the Red River is going to be a bear,” he said. “I’ll just play it by ear and do what makes sense.”
He’s only using one boat this year and says if schedules allow for it in the future, he’ll probably be a regular on both tours.
“The one thing about it is my job is to fish for a living,” he said. “If there’s a top event that I can get into that pays out well, I’d want to have the opportunity to fish it.”