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Chris Lane is World Champion 2012 Bassmaster Classic winner
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Written by mangthjik riche   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 14:53
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Winning the Bassmaster Classic has been a longtime dream of Guntersville angler Chris Lane.
That dream came true Sunday as he took top honors in the world championship event of BASS.

In the 1980s, summer vacation for the Lane brothers meant two things every year – a road trip to see the Atlanta Braves and participation in the junior fishing

camps held by two-time Bassmaster Classic champion Tom Mann in Eufaula.
“We dreamed of winning the Bassmaster Classic,” said Chris Lane, who beat Bobby
and 47 others to capture the 42nd Bassmaster Classic on Sunday after three days
of fishing on the Red River, in Bossier City, La.


Chris hauled in 51 pounds and six ounces over the three-day event, beating out Greg Vinson for the title by less than three pounds.
Lane, 36 and the father of three, nearly doubled his career earnings with the $500,000 first prize.

Kevin VanDam fell short in his effort to set a pair of Classic records. VanDam was trying to win for the third year in a row and become the first five-time
champion of the event.

“To take (the trophy) from the best fisherman in the entire world, I can’t
explain it,” Lane said. “There is one person in the world I wanted to get that trophy from, and Kevin said, ‘I’m proud of you.’”


“Chris is obviously a great fisherman, someone everyone knows and likes. He’s
such a nice guy, a great person who treats everyone well.
“His win is a real statement for Guntersville and the lake and it proves that a
local guy has produced on the big stage. I expect his win will improve the
relationship with BASS for Guntersville and the whole area.”


In addition to the $500,000 first prize, Gerry said Lane could expect more than
that in endorsement money.


“I would think Chris will have endorsements in excess of a million dollars.”Brother wins also
Bobby Lane, fourth entering the final day, hooked just two fish for less than six
pounds and wound up 20th. However, his $12,600 payday paled in comparison to the
payoff from a deal struck early Sunday morning.


Chris called brother Bobby to propose a deal if one of the brothers won the Classic, they’d pay the other’s 2012 BASS Elite tournament fees — more than
$43,000.
“I said, ‘Let’s bump it up to a nice round number,’” said Bobby Lane, who is 16 months older than Chris.

In the end, both were winners.
“I am so honored to be able to pay him $50,000,” Chris Lane said.
It was Chris Lane’s fourth win on the professional bass-fishing circuit and
brings his career winnings to more than $1.13 million.


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