The 2023 Bassmaster Classic Winning Way: Jeff Gustafson Wins In Tennessee

Jeff Gustafson's 2023 Bassmaster Classic wire to wire win on the Tennessee River was one for the ages. Watch his post tournament interview to find out how he got it done.

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2023 Bassmaster Classic Champion Jeff Gustafson and wife Shelby

Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson went wire to wire on the Tennessee River and won the 2023 Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament.  Curiously, it’s the same location where Gussy won his first Elite Series event in 2021. There’s something about this guy and Smallmouth Bass that makes him a mainstay on the Elite Series since he joined a few years ago.

He’s one of a group of guys from Canada that are making noise on the Elite Series now.  And Jeff’s the second International Bassmaster Classic winner, and the first one from Canada.  Jeff made the comment after winning, “This is my Stanley Cup”.  So of course, he’s trying to figure out how to drink from the Classic Trophy.  

In 43 tournaments in Gussy’s pro fishing career, would you believe he’s finished in the money 42 times, an amazing record.  

Watch the video of Jeff’s post-event press conference, with Jeff talking about his winning technique and what he used to win.

"The ride back was horrible, I never thought I was going to make it, I didn't think I'd be in the top five"

Bassmaster Classic Winning Rod, Bait, Reel and Line:

4-inch Z-man Scented Jerk Shad in the Smelt color

3/8 oz Smeltinator jig head with a 2/0 Gamakatsu hook

G. Loomis NRX+ 872 rod, 7’ 3” with medium action

Shimano Stella 3000 reel

10lb PowerPro

10lb Shimano Mastiff fluorocarbon leader
(available soon)

Humminbird Mega Live technology

Gussy discusses how stressful the hour long run to the weigh-in was on day 3, with only 2 fish in the well, also reflects on the trophy, with this year being the first year that the legendary Ray Scott’s name is on it.

Watch Gussy's Interview here:

Classic: Jeff Gustafson Press Conference - Bassmaster
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Congrats Gussy, and cheers to the great outdoors!

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