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Christie, Palmer wrap up Bassmaster Classic short of top prize

Mar. 24—TULSA — Jason Christie didn't have the Bassmaster Classic he was expecting in 2024 at Grand Lake.

Christie's home lake wasn't as kind to him as it was in classics pasts. The previous times Christie competed at Grand Lake in a Bassmasters Classic, he finished in the top 10 in 2012 (seventh) and 2016 (second).

Posting a three-day total of 44.09 pounds Christie finished the classic outside of the top 10. Christie picked up five fish for 13.06 pounds on Sunday, March 24.

"For me this week, I went out this morning guns blazing and I thought I would have the chance to catch a big bag," Christie said. "There was a point today probably at 2 [p.m.] that I wasn't going to win. The good news is, I am going to sleep tonight knowing I left everything on the table."

After spending years in his younger days at Grand Lake, Christie couldn't decide what profile he wanted to catch his fish on this tournament.

"The one thing that got me was too many ideas, and I really don't think I settled down in practice," Christie said. "It is a great lake. I thought we were two weeks late and two weeks early — that's the fisherman's excuse — but we just missed it today."

Christie eventually settled on a spinner bait and jig combination for most of his fish.

While Christie has experience fishing Classics at Grand Lake, the other Oklahoma native in the event, Luke Palmer, fished his first at Grove's famed venue. Palmer picked up a three-day total of 43.02 pounds after grabbing a 13.04-pound bag on the third day of the event.

"It was a fun week being here in Oklahoma; being 3-1/2 hours away isn't bad," Palmer said. "I could get used to being this close. I don't want to miss any Classics; this is where it's at. Oklahoma showed out this week. I had a bunch of people follow me around. I don't know why they kept following me today, but I appreciated it."

Palmer picked up a bass over 5 pounds on both the first and last day of the event. His day one fish clocked in at over 6 pounds.

Christie finished the classic in 17th place. Palmer picked up 21st.

Christie, Palmer and the rest of the Bassmaster's Elite Series will begin their hunt for next year's classic starting on April 11 and wrapping up on the 14th at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida.

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