TULSA - More than 10,000 fans packed the BOK Center each of the three weigh-in nights as thousands more attended the Bassmaster Classic expo at the Tulsa Convention Center and morning launches at Grand Lake in Grove.
The scene was electric inside the BOK Center for day three, the final weigh-in day for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. The field, which was cut down to 25 from 53, included three Oklahoma natives: Tommy Biffle, Jason Christie and Edwin Evers.
Cliff Pace won the Bassmaster Classic Sunday, finishing with a three-day catch of 54 pounds 12 ounces at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.
Pace, from Petal, Miss., won $500,000.
Brandon Palaniuk, of Rathdrum, Idaho, was second at 51 pounds 8 ounces, followed by Hank Cherry, of Maiden, N.C., at 49 pounds even.
Park Hill's Christie, who was part of the super six, the final six competitors to weigh-in, placed highest among Oklahoma competitors finishing in seventh place. He took home $21,500 for his efforts.
Biffle, of Wagoner, and Evers, of Talala, rounded out the top 25, finishing 24th and 25th respectively. Biffle walked away with $12,100 and Evers with $12,000 for their three days of world championship bass fishing.
Official attendance numbers are expected to be announced Monday, but the Classic's director of operations, Eric Lopez, said Tulsa was one of the most attended classics.
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