Charlie Hartley said he's just waiting for the alarm to go off – he's leading the first Bassmaster Classic he's ever fished, and isn't quite sure if it's all a dream or not.

On a day when the shallow bite at South Carolina's Lake Hartwell pretty much disintegrated, which left a bunch of pros with 10 pounds or less, Hartley used a mid-depth jig attack to stuff 21-01 in his box.



His lead's fragile though, because Scott Rook also whacked 'em. Rook, with 21-01, trails Hartley by just 4 ounces. Rook's on a pattern he said he can run anywhere on the lake – it's that strong.

And then there's Kevin VanDam in 3rd – probably the position he prefers at this point, because it should keep at least some spectators off him. He stuck a solid bag at 20-03, and feels his stuff is protected both against weather change and spectator traffic.

Terry "Big Show" Scroggins scrambled today after going more than 3 hours without a fish. He ran new water, discovered a new pattern, and rode it to a 19-03 limit and 4th place.

And local Casey Ashley's in a strong position. With 18-10, he's tied for 5th with Cliff Pace.

Below is a look at the current Top 10. Total weight is followed by distance from leader in red.

1. Charlie Hartley: 5, 21-01
2. Scott Rook: 5, 20-13 (0-04)
3. Kevin VanDam: 5, 20-03 (0-14)
4. Terry Scroggins: 5, 19-03 (1-14)
5. Cliff Pace: 5, 18-10 (2-07)
5. Casey Ashley: 5, 18-10 (2-07)
7. Edwin Evers: 5, 18-07 (2-10)
8. Michael Iaconelli: 5, 18-05 (2-12)
9. Todd Faircloth: 5, 17-10 (3-07)
10. Alton Jones: 5, 17-05 (3-12)

The weights steadily decrease from 17 pounds on down – no major plateaus or clumps – which means anglers are catching lots of different-size fish. And there's no single can't-miss deal right now – different things (from jigging spoons to dropshots to cranks) are working.

But one apparent fact is that the shallow bite was largely a disaster today. A cold rain yesterday dropped the water temperature a degree or two in the shallows, and that factored heavily in the shallow implosion. There were exceptions, but overall, it just wasn't happening.

Off the bank, both the deep and the mid-depth bite seem to be working equally well, although many have to fish at an excruciatingly slow pace to get their bites. That's after the morning fireworks though, when many get a limit within the first half hour of fishing.



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Hartley noted that an extremely slow retrieve was crucial in the cold water.

Weather does appear to be the biggest factor right now. Today was cold and overcast, but the predicted heavy rain and thunder never really showed. While the cold rain yesterday affected the shallow bite, the clouds might have had an equal effect.

Bass roam more without the sun, which makes them tough to pinpoint. That affects the deep bite, but it's more pronounced in the shallows. Tomorrow's forecast calls for warmer temperatures and some sun, which should change the bite again. In fact, VanDam already plans to fish differently tomorrow.

The other factor is the average. Three 20-pound-plus sacks came in today, but nearly everyone agrees that'll be difficult to repeat. Instead, with the rapidly changing weather, a better picture of the race will appear after tomorrow's weigh-in.

A 20-pound sack today buffers an angler tomorrow, because he can catch 16 pounds and still achieve an 18-pound average, which looks like the winning mark right now.

And if someone in the 16-pound range today catches 20 tomorrow, that puts him at the 18-pound mark too.

So there's a lot at play, and a lot of big sticks in the Top 10. But for the time being, it's Charlie's game.

Hartley Excited

> Day 1: 5, 21-01

Hartley's known as one angler who truly lives for what he does. He eats and breathes fishing, and leading day 1 of his very first Classic seems more than he could have ever anticipated.

"I feel like a million bucks," he said. "How couldn't you feel like that when they tell you you're leading the Bassmaster Classic?

"When you hook a good fish in Bassmaster Classic, it's like hooking no other fish in your life. It's the greatest rush of your life. I'm just afraid an alarm clock's going to go off. It's been like a dream."

He caught a limit early, then culled all those out. His bag included three good fish, plus two 2 1/2-pounders. He quit fishing his best area after his third good fish at about 12:30 and scouted new water for tomorrow. He didn't find any more big fish, he noted, but he did realize how unique his two best spots are. "They look like everything else until you go looking for more," he noted.

He's fishing two different arms of the lake, and working a jig in the mid-depths. One key, he said, is his jig trailer. Another key is his pace – some of his casts are lasting up to 5 minutes. A third key is stained water – the stain was a little warmer, and that's where his better bites came.

Notable too is that his 21 pounds didn't exceed his expectations. He thinks he can catch 30 if he gets enough bites.

About whether or not he thinks he can win, he said: "I don't know. I have no idea. I've won some events, but never at this level. So I wouldn't be able to tell you. I don't know what that feeling is.

"I'm catching them on one of my strengths, if that's any indication," he added. "And maybe the weather will play into my hands – I think the sunshine will help."

2nd: Rook's On 'Em

> Day 1: 5, 20-13

If there's a single angler in the field whose confidence is off the charts right now, it's Arkansas pro Scott Rook. He's dialed in to what he believes is a rock-solid pattern that can carry him through all 3 days.

"I got just a little hint of this pattern on the last day of practice," he said. "I found them on this one particular type of cover and I can run all over the lake and reproduce that pattern. I had 30 spots marked and I only hit three of them today."

He tanked a quick limit early and actually abandoned the spots he'd already found in practice to do some scouting for day 2.

"I went to check on some new spots that fit into my pattern and I was actually able to cull up twice doing that," he said. "I caught a 4-pounder and a 3-pounder in two completely new spots that I never went to during practice.

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Scott Rook isn't the least bit worried about running out of fish the next 2 days – he says he's got at least 30 different spots on Hartwell where he can reproduce his pattern.

"I'm just fishing a pattern and it's working for me," he added. "I'm not really worried about my spots replenishing. I'm confident enough in my pattern to know that if new fish don't come in, I'll just go find new areas. I'm on 'em pretty good now and I figured out some new things today."

The only unknown in his pattern is the weather. He said the rain last Sunday contributed to the bites he found in practice on Wednesday, and he's not sure how the clearer skies expected for tomorrow will alter his bite.

"I caught them when it was sunny during practice, and I actually thought this pattern was dependent on having some sunlight," he said. "But after today, I'm not sure. It might be the kind of bite that holds up no matter what. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway."

3rd: VanDam Quiet, But Will Change

> Day 1: 5, 20-03

VanDam was predictably quiet about his fishing style – he rarely says much until the end – but he's obviously on something strong. One thing he did talk about was the weather.

"It was better than I thought it was going to be. It wasn't that cold, there was not much rain, and the wind didn't blow bad. The nasty stuff never really came. I kind of wish it would have been a little worse – it would have helped the fish bite.

"Some guys I think found that to be an advantage," he added. "The fish tend to roam a lot more when it's cloudy like this. When it's sunny, they'll be suspended under certain docks or trees."

Another VanDam tidbit: He spent a lot of his practice time setting up plans for various weather conditions. That's one of the factors that makes him maybe the strongest threat to win right now. And he'll change things tomorrow with the expected sun.

"The way I caught them today is not the way I'll catch them tomorrow," he said. "There's no question, with the sunshine. When I saw the weather forecast, I knew in my mind how I wanted to fish. It worked out today to where I caught them pretty good."

About what he thinks it'll take to win, he said: "In my mind, I thought I'd have to have 18 to 20 pounds a day to win. I really felt like if it was good conditions, 20 a day would be there. This is the Classic, and there's a lot of extra pressure on the water, and spectator boats. That typically makes the weight go down a little bit.

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Kevin VanDam will change tomorrow and fish differently.

"But it could be close to 60 pounds (for 3 days). It may be more. This lake has a lot of big fish in it."

4th: Scroggins Ditched His Stuff

> Day 1: 5, 19-03

Terry Scroggins didn't have a fish by 10:30, and at that point he threw out what he had, started over and ran new water.

So he's stoked for two reasons. One is that he was able to scramble and succeed. Two, he thinks what he found should be even better tomorrow with some sun.

"What I was doing was not working, so I got a new gameplan and went forward," he said. "I got lucky and it worked. I started off on deep ditches, but actually, the last place I fished was 45 feet deep. So I ended up catching them real deep.

"I feel real good about it, especially because of the way my practice went. It's tough out there, but I really figured something out today that I should probably be able to catch them on through the tournament."

And he was able to expand that new pattern throughout the day.

"Hopefully it'll keep generating the numbers of bites," he added. "I got one 5-pounder and another about 4 pounds. I caught probably 10 keepers. I got bit pretty regularly this afternoon.

"I basically moved deeper and it worked. Tomorrow's a different day, but I feel good about it."

5th: Pace Exceeded Expectations

> Day 1: 5, 18-10

Cliff Pace had no complaints about how his day unfolded. His 18-10 bag left him in 5th place.

"I'm happy because I caught more than I thought I was going to," he said. "I'll just go out again tomorrow and see what it's going to hold.

"A lot of things could happen – the area I have is real small and if you get another angler in there and a couple of spectator boats, it could cause some difficulties. I also have a few places I didn't fish and that could have been a mistake, depending on whether anybody else fished there."

He caught an early limit of fish that were chasing bait, and then upgraded a few times during the remainder of the day. He boated about 20 keepers, and his best fish was a little over 4 pounds.

His bag consisted of four largemouths and one spotted bass. Two of the five came from deep water and the other three were shallower than 10 feet.

He's a bit leery of what Mother Nature might offer up for day 2.

"I don't think sun will help me at all – I'd prefer to have 2 more days just like today. It's such a timing thing here and the sun might reposition the fish, so I'll have to keep my game face on.

"I'll just fish the conditions we have – whatever that particular 10 minutes offers. I think it would be suicide if I went out and tried to fish shallow all day."

5th (tie): Ashley Content, But Wanted More

> Day 1: 5, 18-10

The cooler water temperatures brought on by the overnight rain showers stifled Casey Ashley's bite, but the local favorite was upbeat after day 1 and thinks he can make improvements that could put him closer to the top on the second day.

"I only got six bites today and I caught them all," he said. "Everything was just slow today. I didn't get a lot of bites and the ones I did get were soft. It was just a typical cold, slow day of fishing."

The few bites he did manage came doing a variety of things. He said he bounced back and forth between shallow and deep bites and threw "a little bit of everything.

"I caught them on an underspin, a worm and another bait that Gerald Swindle gave me. I had to scramble a little today, and I should've had more. I think the sun coming out will help me tomorrow."

Surprisingly, spectator boats weren't much of an issue for him.

"I only had about 12 or 14 guys following me," he said. "But I think a lot of that was because of the weather and because it was a Friday. It might get crowded tomorrow."

7th: Evers Went Both Ways

> Day 1: 5, 18-07

Edwin Evers said he caught fish from various depths, but he was characteristically tight-lipped about the specifics of his day.

"It was good early," he said. "I fished deep first and caught a limit, and then I went shallow."

A 3 1/2-pounder that bit around noontime was the best of the eight keepers he caught. If the sun shows up tomorrow, he'll welcome it.

"I think the sun would help me a bunch. I'm looking forward to it."

8th: Dink Holds Ike Back

> Day 1: 5, 18-05

Mike Iaconelli got about half as many bites as he expected, but several were good ones. He had to keep a 13-incher, though, and he said that kept him out of the 20-pound club.

"The weight was about what I expected – I expected to catch quality," he said. "I'm pretty happy with my performance today."

His action was concentrated into specific periods of the day.

"For me there seemed to be two strong bites – one early and then another one in the last 2 or 3 hours. There was a lot of slack time in between, but it really picked up again at about 1:30 or 2:00.

He expected to get about 12 bites, but ended up with only seven. He's covering a lot of water – he didn't stay in any spot for more than 20 minutes.

"A lot of guys are fishing early spring or pre-spawn patterns, but I'm fishing a true wintertime pattern. I honestly think the sun will help me because it will put more fish on the structure where I need them to be.

"I just hope it doesn't warm up too much, or else those wintertime fish will turn into springtime fish. But I'm not worried about it happening in one day.

"You just need to let the fish talk to you," he concluded. "You've got to move, but you've got to be smart about it."

9th: Shallow Bite Prevailed for Faircloth

> Day 1: 5, 17-10

Most of the anglers who tried to rely on a shallow bite today are sitting somewhere at the bottom of the pack, but Todd Faircloth is one of the few pros who made it happen closer to the bank. The Texan also brought in the heaviest bass of the day: a 6-02 largemouth.

"I tried the deep stuff first thing this morning and it didn't pan out," he said. "I abandoned that and started running a shallow pattern. It wasn't a lot of fish - just one here and there. I need some warm weather. If I can get a little sun I should be able to catch them good later in the day."

He wouldn't divulge too much about how he was catching the shallow fish, but he did say he was throwing a hard bait and "covering a s much water as possible.

"I'm really not sure what's going to happen tomorrow," he added. "In practice I caught them deep, so I think no matter what happens I'll be alright."

10th: Jones Has Stuff Left

> Day 1: 5, 17-05

Alton Jones touched just three of his 10 areas today. Two of them were his morning spots, which were rocking. After that he slowed down and fished for non-aggressive fish.

He caught 15 fish in total, and every one was a keeper. So he's on a good percentage. But whether it can hold up against the 20-pound sacks will become clearer tomorrow.

"I have two baits working," he noted. "One's going early. The other one's when I slow down. When I slowed down I was able to pick up some additional fish. So I'm fishing pretty fast early for aggressive fish, then slowing down later in the day."

He doesn't think his bite will change tomorrow, but he does think he'll have to cycle in a few of his other areas. Still, he should have a virgin spot or two left for the final day.

The only goal he didn't accomplish today was to catch a big fish. He never boxed a 4-pounder, and that could be trouble, since he's said many times this week that big fish will decide the event.

"I feel good about it," he said. "I felt like today went as good as it could have. I got quality bites, just not the big bite. But I feel like I'm on the right grade of fish to do real well.

"Can I win? It's possible. I'm not calling it, but I feel I can be in contention anyways."

About tomorrow, he said: "I'm guessing I'll have to hit more of my spots in the morning. I plan to start on the same little run as this morning. What I don't know is whether the spots replenish. One thing I do know, though, is it doesn't take long to know when a spot's not happening.

"So I should be able to either confirm or eliminate those spots and still catch my early bite in other areas."

11th: Kiriyama Happy

> Day 1: 5, 16-11

Kota Kiriyama, as noted earlier this week, is throwing a Jackall Flick Shake worm, which is a relatively new finesse technique from Japan.

"My day was very good," he said. "My fish were all about the same (weight), but one was 3 1/2 or 4 pounds.

"In practice I checked shallow and deep and caught fish in both, (so) I was unsure which way to go. Because of the cold weather, I went to deep water to start and I was catching them. Also, later I caught some fish shallow too. It was better deeper today.

"Everything was wonderful for me. I feel good."

About tomorrow, he said: "I'll probably do the same, but maybe check the wind and sun, then try to make an adjustment."

12th: Hackney Strong, Not Spectacular

> Day 1: 5, 16-02

Greg Hackney caught a solid limit, but he didn't get the big bite he was hoping for. Still, considering his less-than-stellar history in this event, he was pleased to be within shouting distance of the lead.

"To win this thing you're going to need a 5- or 6-pounder a day, maybe two," he said. "I didn't get anything like that, but hopefully I caught enough to stay in contention."

He caught approximately 20 keepers on the day, but nothing better than 3 1/2 pounds.

"I caught a limit quick enough, and then I ended up fishing wood, drops, rocks – whatever I could find. With the weather, the bite was a little bit different than it was in practice.

"I think some sun and wind would help me, especially the wind. I don't plan to change anything – I've done that before and it hasn't worked out. I'm just going to go out and go fishing again."

13th: Louisiana's Laiche Tops Federation Qualifiers

> Day 1: 5, 15-14

While most guys are welcoming what's supposed to be a sunny day 2, Central Division BASS Federation Nation qualifier Jamie Laiche is crossing his fingers hoping the clouds come back tomorrow.

"I don't know how my fish will hold up with the sun, but if these clouds come back I should be able to bring in a bigger bag tomorrow," he said. "I lost a 5-pound fish today. If I would've executed and put everything in the boat I'm looking at a Top 10 spot."

He junk-fished most of the day, bouncing back and forth between shallow and deep water. "I threw a jig, a Carolina-rig, a swimbait, a jerkbait - there was a little bit of everything on the front of my boat today."

14th: Baskett Bagged Solid Limit Despite Technical Issues

> Day 1: 5, 15-03

Mike Baskett's trolling motor decided to call it quits at 9 a.m. , but in spite of boat control being "pretty much impossible," the Federation angler managed to sack six decent keepers throughout the day.

"I had eight bites today and lost two of those," he said. "I threw a jig most of the day, and I feel good about the fish I was on. I think I can repeat that tomorrow and probably do a little better."

He caught four keepers early, then made a long run and blanked in his second spot. He moved back to where he started the day and lightened from a 3/4-ounce jig to a 1/2-ounce jig to coax his final bite.

"My first cast with that 1/2-ounce jig a fish ate it," he said. "I think that tells me something for tomorrow.

"My goal is to be fishing on the final day," he added. "I proved to myself today that I can at least hang with these guys. Making the final day would be a huge accomplishment for me."

15th: Lane Caught 'Em Quick

> Day 1: 5, 15-00

Bobby Lane described his day as "pretty good" because it kept him in the game. One troubling part though: He caught all his weigh-fish in the first 30 minutes. He then went to a backup pattern that "didn't go as planned without wind and sun."

"It could get better tomorrow," he said. "I didn't get the bigger bites I wanted today, but I'm not complaining. I still feel like I'm in the hunt, and there's no telling what'll happen tomorrow.

"You just have to put everything together and hope for the best. I fished clean today – no terrible mistakes – and I caught them in ways I normally don't catch them. I was fishing a spoon and a dropshot in 35 feet of water. It was fun and I had a great start. Hopefully I'll make the Top 25 and give myself a shot at winning this thing."

16th: Jordon made Adjustment

> Day 1: 5, 14-07

Kelly Jordon was one of the few anglers who managed a decent bag entirely from shallow water.

"I didn't catch them how I thought I would – I changed a lot of stuff," he said. "I caught a keeper early, but I ended up culling that one.

"Then I adjusted and found a little deal, and I caught my nicest fish around the middle of the day."

He ended up with seven keepers, and two of them were close to 4 pounds.

"I was tickled to catch what I caught because it's tough out there. Tomorrow I'll go with how I caught them today and maybe run a little bit harder."

17th: Freeman Needs Some Sun

> Day 1: 5, 14-03

Jeff Freeman is the last of the Federation qualifiers in the Top 25. He faced an uphill battle all day. Not only was the bite he found in practice largely dependent on the sun, he's fighting off a nasty cold on top of that.

"I'm sick - I'm sick bad," he said. "I was a little slow this morning, and I missed my first three bites. Plus with it being cold - I just didn't feel very good out there today.

"I caught eight or nine keepers today and culled a couple ounces each time," he added. "I saved some spots for tomorrow, too. I need that sun to come back for me. I'm fishing docks and when it's cloudy those fish are out moving around. I need them to stack up close to that cover."

18th: Klein Dredged 'Em Up

> Day 1: 5, 13-12

The first day of Gary Klein's 26th Classic started slowly, but he eventually got onto a deep-jig bite and caught a bag that kept alive his hopes of finally winning the sport's premier event.

"I didn't get my first keeper until 9:00, and I never got more than two fish off of any one place," he said.

He caught six keepers – the last at about 12:30. His best fish was about 4 pounds.

He'll wait to get a look at the conditions before finalizing his dayt-2 game plan.

"A lot of it will depend on the weather. I still haven't found that 20-pound bag, so I'll have to continue to hunt and peck, but at the same time keep myself in contention, too.

"With some of the stuff I'm fishing, I feel like I'm just one cast away from really figuring it out."

18th (tie): Wolak Couldn't Find Big Bite

> Day 1: 5, 13-06

There was no shortage of bites for Dave Wolak today. The North Carolina pro said he "easily caught 20 keepers," but the kicker bite just didn't happen for him.

"If I could've managed one more big bite things would be a lot different."

The deepest water he fished was in the 20-foot range, and he ran all around the lake in search of the heavy bite that never came.

"I'm definitely on a good, reliable pattern," he said. "I can run all around the lake and duplicate it. I know some good fish have to be mixed in with the ones I've been catching, they just didn't eat for me today. Tomorrow could be a lot different, though. With these springtime tournaments, you just never know."

21st: Lintner was All Over the Place

> Day 1: 5, 13-02

There was no depth level that Jared Lintner didn't try on day 1.

"I fished deep, shallow and everything in between," he said. "None of the fish I caught were deep than 15 feet. I spent a lot of time jerking around in 30 to 40 feet of water, but I never got a bite.

"If they're not going to bite out there, I'd rather be up on the bank anyways."

He got six bites and boated five – the last with just 5 minutes to go.

"It seemed like some of my fish moved out and just suspended and it was very hard to find fish on the structure. I saw a lot more bait activity up near the surface."

He was thinking his best day-2 prospects would be in the skinny water.

"It depends on the weather, but if it's roughly the same type of conditions, I'll go shallow. I don't have the patience to sit out there and not get bit.

"I think the sun could help unless the fish have totally vacated those areas. I didn't expect to kill them today, but I thought I'd get more bites than I did. It was a long, stressful day."

23rd: Martens Miffed

> Day 1: 5, 12-15

Aaron Martens was noticeably upset with the circumstances of his day. He caught 15 keepers, which he said earlier would have given him 17 or 18 pounds, but he came up short with about 13.

"How do you catch that many and have them be such little ones?" he said. "I told everybody I'd catch 17 pounds with that many bites. That's how it's been until today. I don't know – I think that cold rain might have moved some of the better fish up.

"I stayed deep most of the day," he added. "I think the cold rain and cloud cover the last couple of days moved the big fish up shallow. Not to the bank, just shallower. I was fishing 35 to 40 feet and the 5-pounders weren't there. I would have caught one if they were."

Tomorrow he plans to start on a spot – a shallow spot in a creek – where he caught 17 pounds in practice on his Scrounger head. Then he'll probably move to where he caught three keepers today.

"It'll be sunny, a lot warmer – a different day. I still have a chance. These guys could possibly do the same thing (they did today) and have it not work for them. It might be my deal tomorrow."

23rd: Late Loss Hurt Kriet

> Day 1: 5, 12-15

Jeff Kriet lost a 4-pounder with 10 minutes to fish that cost him several places in the standings. Instead, he ended up weighing a 13-incher.

"I didn't fish deep hardly at all – I caught everything from 14 feet or less," he said. "I figured to start shallow and then spend quite a bit of time out (deep), but I couldn't get settled out there enough to do it.

"It was way better early. I didn't get a lot of bites in the afternoon."

He badly wants to see some sun tomorrow morning.

"It would have to make things better. I figured I could catch 16 to 18 pounds if I could get 15 bites today, but I didn't get but seven, and I hit some good stuff.

"If you're in the right place at the right time, you can catch 15 or 16 pounds really fast. I'm probably going to need about 18 tomorrow to stay in it."

25th: Slow Going for Kennedy

> Day 1: 5, 12-13

Steve Kennedy had a slow practice and was hoping to find something new on day 1, but all he got as more of the same. The cold runoff really put the damper on his shallow bite this morning.

"These fish are just lethargic," he said. "Of the few bites I got, the ones I did get just felt like a leaf. I caught a 1 1/2-pounder that I thought was a stick. It didn't even shake until it hit the surface."

He landed six keepers today on a football-head jig with a green-pumpkin Kinami Double Tail grub trailer. "If you throw that all day you're going to catch a limit, and it's likely you'll get a big one, but the big one just never bit for me today.

"I'm hoping my shallow bite comes back tomorrow with the sun," he added. "I should be able to improve on my weight a little, but honestly, this is about what I've been catching in practice. This is what I expected."

36th: Omori Frustrated

> Day 1: 5, 8-10

Takahiro Omori made the wrong decision today when he decided to start shallow. The cold rain, he said, knocked that bite back and his day was largely a strikeout. His only fish were the five he weighed.

"The shallow bite (was) not working for me today," he said. "I'm kind of frustrated."

And given the complication, he's not sure where he'll start tomorrow. He'll "think about it tonight."

Notable

> Day 1 stats – 50 anglers, 37 limits, 1 four, 4 threes, 6 twos, 2 ones, no zeroes.

> Alton Jones said it was raining so hard this morning that he lost his grip on his rod on the first fish he hooked. The rod dropped to the deck and he regained control of it, and boated the fish.

> John Murray caught an 11-01 limit today and must move up seven spots on day 2 to make the Top 25 cut. To read his day 1 report, click here to go On Tour With the BassFan Big Sticks.

Day 1 Standings

1. Charlie Hartley -- Grove City, Ohio -- 5, 21-01 -- 300
Day 1: 5, 21-01

2. Scott Rook -- Little Rock, Ark. -- 5, 20-13 -- 295
Day 1: 5, 20-13

3. Kevin VanDam -- Kalamazoo, Mich. -- 5, 20-03 -- 290
Day 1: 5, 20-03

4. Terry Scroggins -- San Mateo, Fla. -- 5, 19-03 -- 285
Day 1: 5, 19-03

5. Casey Ashley -- Donalds, S.C. -- 5, 18-10 -- 278
Day 1: 5, 18-10

5. Cliff Pace -- Petal, Miss. -- 5, 18-10 -- 278
Day 1: 5, 18-10

7. Edwin Evers -- Talala, Okla. -- 5, 18-07 -- 272
Day 1: 5, 18-07

8. Michael Iaconelli -- Runnemede, N.J. -- 5, 18-05 -- 268
Day 1: 5, 18-05

9. Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, Texas -- 5, 17-10 -- 264
Day 1: 5, 17-10

10. Alton Jones -- Waco, Texas -- 5, 17-05 -- 260
Day 1: 5, 17-05

11. Kotaro Kiriyama -- Moody, Ala. -- 5, 16-11 -- 257
Day 1: 5, 16-11

12. Greg Hackney -- Gonzales, La. -- 5, 16-02 -- 254
Day 1: 5, 16-02

13. Jamie Laiche -- Gonzales, La. -- 5, 15-14 -- 251
Day 1: 5, 15-14

14. Mike Baskett -- Salem, Ore. -- 5, 15-03 -- 248
Day 1: 5, 15-03

15. Bobby Lane -- Lakeland, Fla. -- 5, 15-00 -- 245
Day 1: 5, 15-00

16. Kelly Jordon -- Mineola, Texas -- 5, 14-07 -- 243
Day 1: 5, 14-07

17. Jeff Freeman -- Max Meadows, Va. -- 5, 14-03 -- 241
Day 1: 5, 14-03

18. Gary Klein -- Weatherford, Texas -- 5, 13-12 -- 238
Day 1: 5, 13-12

18. Dave Wolak -- Wake Forest, N.C. -- 5, 13-12 -- 238
Day 1: 5, 13-12

20. Brent Chapman -- Lake Quivira, Kan. -- 5, 13-06 -- 235
Day 1: 5, 13-06

21. Jared Lintner -- Arroyo Grande, Calif. -- 5, 13-02 -- 233
Day 1: 5, 13-02

22. Clark Reehm -- Russellville, Ark. -- 5, 13-00 -- 231
Day 1: 5, 13-00

23. Jeff Kriet -- Ardmore, Okla. -- 5, 12-15 -- 228
Day 1: 5, 12-15

23. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, Ala. -- 5, 12-15 -- 228
Day 1: 5, 12-15

25. Steve Kennedy -- Auburn, Ala. -- 5, 12-13 -- 225
Day 1: 5, 12-13

26. Todd Auten -- Lake Wylie, S.C. -- 5, 12-12 -- 223
Day 1: 5, 12-12

27. Kevin Short -- Mayflower, Ark. -- 5, 12-08 -- 221
Day 1: 5, 12-08

28. Jay Fuller -- Kingston, Okla. -- 5, 11-08 -- 219
Day 1: 5, 11-08

29. Kevin Wirth -- Crestwood, Ky. -- 5, 11-06 -- 217
Day 1: 5, 11-06

30. Skeet Reese -- Auburn, Calif. -- 3, 11-05 -- 215
Day 1: 3, 11-05

31. John Crews -- Salem, Va. -- 5, 11-02 -- 213
Day 1: 5, 11-02

32. John Murray -- Phoenix, Ariz. -- 5, 11-01 -- 211
Day 1: 5, 11-01

33. Tommy Biffle -- Wagoner, Okla. -- 5, 10-06 -- 209
Day 1: 5, 10-06

34. Gerald Swindle -- Warrior, Ala. -- 5, 9-12 -- 207
Day 1: 5, 9-12

35. Mike Wurm -- Hot Springs, Ark. -- 4, 9-08 -- 205
Day 1: 4, 9-08

36. Takahiro Omori -- Emory, Texas -- 5, 8-10 -- 202
Day 1: 5, 8-10

36. Jeff Coble -- Manson, N.C. -- 3, 8-10 -- 202
Day 1: 3, 8-10

38. Brent Haimes -- Mazeppa, Minn. -- 5, 8-07 -- 199
Day 1: 5, 8-07

39. Stephen Browning -- Hot Springs, Ark. -- 5, 8-01 -- 197
Day 1: 5, 8-01

40. Richard Watson -- Plattekloof, South Afr -- 5, 7-09 -- 195
Day 1: 5, 7-09

41. Chris Loftus -- Bloomfield, N.Y. -- 3, 6-08 -- 193
Day 1: 3, 6-08

42. Matthew Sphar -- Pavilion, N.Y. -- 2, 6-07 -- 191
Day 1: 2, 6-07

43. Peter E Thliveros -- St Augustine, Fla. -- 2, 6-06 -- 189
Day 1: 2, 6-06

44. Fred Roumbanis -- Bixby, Okla. -- 3, 5-11 -- 187
Day 1: 3, 5-11

45. Boyd Duckett -- Demopolis, Ala. -- 2, 4-15 -- 185
Day 1: 2, 4-15

46. Derek Remitz -- Grant, Ala. -- 2, 4-06 -- 183
Day 1: 2, 4-06

47. Ishama Monroe -- Hughson, Calif. -- 2, 3-11 -- 181
Day 1: 2, 3-11

48. Timmy Horton -- Muscle Shoals, Ala. -- 1, 3-09 -- 179
Day 1: 1, 3-09

49. Chris Lane -- Lakeland, Fla. -- 2, 2-10 -- 177
Day 1: 2, 2-10

50. Mike McClelland -- Bella Vista, Ark. -- 1, 2-04 -- 175
Day 1: 1, 2-04

Big Bass

> Day 1: Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, Texas -- 6-02 -- $1,000