By TJ Maglio
February 20, 2013
There are 16 anglers in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic field making their first appearance in the sport’s main event. Yamamoto angler Pete Gluszek won’t be one of them. He has fished two Classics prior to this year’s derby, being held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake Feb 22-24. However, his most recent appearance was the 1999 Classic on the Louisiana Delta. That 14-year absence is the second longest gap ever between appearances and has allowed him an interesting perspective on what it means to qualify for a chance at the ultimate prize.
“I’ve fished several other championships since my last Classic,” Gluszek mentions, “But this one is special. With all the time I’ve been spending in the industry and on the educational side of the sport, I forgot how great it is to be a Classic qualifier.”