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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With morning temperatures predicted near 5 degrees, tournament director Trip Weldon announced Thursday that Friday's launch for the 45th Bassmaster Classic will be delayed until long after sunrise on Lake Hartwell.

The expected take-off time for the 56 anglers will be 8:30 a.m. EST, or an hour and a half later than the originally scheduled time.

Greg Hackney, the Gonzales touring pro and the first-ever Louisiana angler to take the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, leads the field. Two other Louisiana anglers, Cliff Crochet from Pierre Part, and University of Louisiana-Monroe Carhartt Collegiate champion Brett Preuett are in the field marking the most Sportsman's Paradise anglers to qualify for a single Classic.

Weldon said the weigh-in times will remain the same. The first flight of 28 anglers is scheduled to check-in at the Hartwell launch at 3 p.m. EST with weigh-in festivities set to begin about an hour later. The launch is 40 miles from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the weigh-in site for all three Classic days.

Live weigh-in action is available on the Bassmaster website: www.bassmaster.com.

Interviews with Hackney, Crochet and Preuett from Thursday's Classic Media Day will be posted on The Advocate's website: the advocate.com. The Advocate's website also will carry daily video updates throughout the Classic's three competition days.