Brett Hite Breaks Down Conroe

Brett Hite weighs in on fishing diversity, breaking down new water, and the bladed jig.

Take a quick glance at the roster of anglers fishing the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, and you’ll be struck by the geography. Of the 52 anglers preparing to compete on Lake Conroe, Texas, March 24-26, 11 currently reside in the West, and three others (including Simms pro, Aaron Martens grew up in California.

The influx of successful anglers from the Pacific Time Zone into heavily Southern waters has been a noticeable game-changer on the Bassmaster Elite Series, and on the Classic. None more so than Arizona based Simms Pro, Brett Hite.

Hite won the very first Elite event he competed in (Lake Seminole, Georgia in 2014), and has rang up an astounding 11 top 10 finishes in the 33 tour-level events he’s fished since qualifying that year.

We caught up with Hite while preparing for Classic week. Here’s what he had to say:

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James Elam Prepares for his Second Bassmaster Classic

By Joel Shangle

Heading into the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Oklahoma, Simms Pro James Elam was tabbed as a potential favorite. Pretty heady expectations for a young Elite Series pro fishing in his first Classic. No surprise, though, to the many northern Oklahoma anglers who Elam had regularly beaten on Grand Lake since he was a teenager.

Fast forward to the final week before the 2017 Classic on Lake Conroe in Texas, and you’ll find a slightly different James Elam. Less pressure, fewer preconceived notions about the fishery, and a more open mind about what might happen on this San Jacinto River impoundment come March 24-26. Read more:

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