The 2011 Bassmaster Classic became a two-front war today. To the north, there's a hot bite for Florida-strain largemouths in Lake Cataouatche, not too far from the official launch. Two hours to the south in Venice, there's a good but not great bite for northern-strain largemouths.
The Cataouatche crew hopes for a fog delay, which would hurt the Venice anglers or eliminate Venice entirely. And fog is predicted for tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, the Venice crew hopes Cataouatche gets hammered and eventually sputters under intense fishing pressure.
Leader Aaron Martens, 2nd-place Scott Rook and 3rd-place Kevin VanDam are fishing within talking distance of each other in Cataouatche. Combined, they removed about 58 pounds from a 300- to 400-yard stretch today.
Martens' 20-07 limit gives him the lead, but not by much. Rook scaled out at 19-06 and VanDam at 19-03.
Meanwhile, Brent Chapman scrambled after rising water blew the clarity in his best area and weighed 18 pounds out of his secondary area in Venice. Chapman caught those fish in about an hour and half after a 1-hour fog delay shortened everybody's day. Chapman's got that area to himself, he believes, and hopes to improve his catch tomorrow.
And Bobby Lane roped 16-12 in a Venice pond today. Before the cutoff, Lane had to jump a berm to get in there, but with the water coming back up he can more power his way over and through.
The 7th- through 10-place spots are claimed by Venice anglers.
Brandon Palaniuk (11th, 14-10) fished in the vicinity of Martens, Rook and KVD, but the rest of the Top 20 made the long run to Venice.
Certainly, the Venice bite was hurt by rising water. Whether it was the tide or the south wind or both, it ruined several areas, reshuffled the fish in others and largely forced the big fish into lockjaw mode.
And the threat of fog remains very real tomorrow and the next day.
It's at least a little surprising that the bite wasn't better today. Although Martens, Rook and KVD are fishing a spawning flat littered with sunken wood the area was a working plantation before a hurricane swept through 100 years ago across the Delta as a whole it appears that the spawn has yet to materialize despite a full moon and water temps in the mid-60s.
VanDam made the bold statement that he'd be "shocked" if the Classic wasn't won in the area he's fishing. But one factor that can't be downplayed: The Cataouatche crew could get hurt significantly by local traffic. Word is the water was probably fished heavily tonight by locals, and will likely be fished again tomorrow after competition.
Here's a look at the current Top 10. Total weight is followed by distance from leader in red.
1. Aaron Martens: 20-07
2. Scott Rook: 19-06 (1-01)
3. Kevin VanDam: 19-03 (1-04)
4. Brent Chapman: 18-00 (2-07)
5. Bobby Lane: 16-12 (3-11)
6. Dale Hightower: 15-09 (4-14)
7. Cliff Pace: 15-07 (5-00)
8. Todd Faircloth: 15-02 (5-05)
9. Skeet Reese: 15-01 (5-06)
10. Paul Elias: 14-13 (5-10)
Aaron Martens says it's nerve-wracking fishing so close to other leaders especially when they boat a good fish.
Martens: Here Without Mom
Most sons are close with their mothers, but the relationship between Martens and his mother Carol runs deeper than most. They were team-tournament partners when Aaron was young, and it was Carol who fueled his passion for the sport.
She's not here this week. It's the first time she's ever missed a Classic that her son fished. She's home with Aaron's father, who lies motionless in bed with a case of neuropathy.
"With the condition my dad's in, I'd like to win this one," Martens said when asked about his mother's absence. "He's still healthy, his mind's sharp, but he can't really move his arms, hands or fingers. From the neck down, it's almost like he's paralyzed. You never know what might happen. I'd just like to win this one for that reason. And for my family. More for my family than myself, I can tell you that."
About his area, and sharing with Rook and VanDam, Martens noted: "It's not that small of an area. It's a 300- to 400-yard stretch and there's probably six or eight guys in there. It's a vast area. We haven't tapped probably 20% of it. I know we'll be wandering around the area (and) one of us will trip on (another hotspot). You hope it's yourself. There's a lot of the area we haven't touched yet."
When asked if he'd trade the risk of fog and breakdowns on a Venice run for having to share water, he said: "I think we'd all rather fish by ourselves, but (the fish) are there and we have to figure out how to catch them. There's a lot of variables we have to go through, but we don't have as much to worry about there. I just have to outfish these guys who are in sight of each other all day, and Bassmaster loves that that's what they want. It'll be exciting. But it's nerve-wracking watching those other guys catch them."
Scott Rook finished 2nd to VanDam here at the 2001 Classic and both are in contention again.
2nd: Rook Was Late, but Still Partied
Martens and VanDam had several fish apiece in their livewells when Rook joined the party on the big spawning flat. He did the bulk of his damage later in the day.
"It's a typical full-moon thing they bite early, and then they quit," he said. "Then they'll usually start again about noon, and that's what happened. After that, it was (a bite) about every 30 minutes."
He finished 2nd to VanDam at the 2001 Classic here and as KVD's good friend and frequent road roommate, he likely won't be susceptible to the intimidation factor that could hinder a less-seasoned competitor. He said they discussed the area after both had found it during practice.
He employed a bait and presentation that was similar to the other two leaders, but declined to give specifics. He estimated that he caught eight or nine fish none under 2 1/2 pounds.
"It was just round and round and back and forth," he said of the rotation among the three along the key stretch. "I got a few bites and caught a few big ones, and I'm gambling that there's more coming."
He said the substantial crowd of spectators a given wherever VanDam fishes was courteous and gave the anglers ample room to operate. He has no doubt that it'll grow considerably tomorrow.
"This is going to be the first Saturday in a while that they've had nice weather around here, so I'm sure a lot of them will come out."
3rd: VanDam Says Fish Coming To Him
There's times in fishing when boats are too close for comfort and tempers flare. Didn't happen today, VanDam said. He and Rook are running mates on the road they talked about the spot and their plans after practice on Wednesday and VanDam had no problems with Martens, he said.
The three found the same fish and seem resigned to share them. And again, VanDam's convinced the Classic will be won on or around that spot. It does take time to figure the fish out each day, though, and he had 20 rods on the deck and worked through several different presentations.
"It's important to have a strong first day and especially with the area I'm fishing I wanted to have a strong first day but I really hoped to have a better day," he said. "There's some big fish in the area and I never really got the good bite like some of the guys around me. But it's not like we're fishing physical targets where you can say, 'Hey, this is the cast that I'm going to catch a big one on.' It's just scattered grass and stuff.
"The water came up a foot at least and was dirtier. It was a little better Wednesday when the water was lower and a little clearer."
He said he "fished well" and didn't lose any fish that he saw, although he did miss some bites. And he thinks many of the pros fished by the fish he found. Otherwise, there'd be even more boats in there.
"Scott's my roommate and he and I both decided to make a gamble. We knew the area had potential and we both worked hard on Wednesday to learn the area. We got some quality fish. I saw real quick this morning that conditions were exactly what I thought they'd be, and the fish are coming to us."
4th: Chapman Almost Bailed
Chapman grew edgy as the fog delay wore on. He decided that if it lasted until 9:15, he'd bail on his Venice run and work a plan B. But then B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon released the field and Chapman made the 2-hour run.
His first spot was a wash. The water looked like puke, he said. But his secondary area panned out with the best weight of the day from Venice.
"It felt like somebody punched me in the stomach this morning when I saw the fog," he said. "That's not how I wanted the Classic to start. I just tried to stay optimistic and kept hoping."
About what he's got in Venice, he said: "I felt like I had two key areas and each of those had an extra backup spot. Paul Elias and I both started in one of my key areas. I honestly thought I'd be culling fish in the first 15 minutes, but I got in there and went 45 minutes without a bite. The water went from nice and clean to pea soup. I don't know if it's an algae bloom or if the tide's not right, but they didn't bite in there. Maybe it can be my sleeper for Sunday.
"I caught most of my fish from my secondary area," he added. "I fished it for about an hour and a half and caught 18 pounds. If I had another hour of fishing I think I could have caught more. But it's dependent on fog. It's kind of frustrating when they call for fog Monday and Tuesday and it doesn't show up, then it comes on the first day of the tournament."
He said he's fishing Tightlines plastics and he thinks the special UV coloring on the baits gets him a few extra bites.
Also notable, he thinks he needs a "good high tide" to help him. It's been too low the past couple days, he thinks.
"With such a long run, there's definitely some opportunities for something to happen mechanical issues and all that. But we try and align ourselves with companies we're the most confident in, and we try to work really hard to have all our equipment in top-notch condition so we have confidence getting there and back.
"Is (the run) intimidating? Absolutely. Am I sore? Absolutely. But if I can get down there and have an area to myself, that's what I like. To hear three guys (Martens, Rook, VanDam) are beating up an area, I like to hear that. I kind of hope some more guys move in and help them (laughs). It'll be interesting to see how it plays out."
Brent Chapman gasses up after the long run to Venice. He says this morning's fog felt like a punch in the stomach.
5th: Lane Caught a Bunch
Lane went through about 30 fish to compile his bag. He caught some on a flipping stick and some on a spinnerbait and was enthused that his weight which was a couple of pounds lighter than he'd anticipated after the final practice day put him so close to the top of the standings.
"It looks like the big slugfest that was supposed to take place isn't going to happen, and that's encouraging," he said. "I've got three more (canals) that I didn't go to today, and there's good fish in there also.
"The fish are there I just have to make the right decisions. I caught a lot of fish today, but most of them were 2- to 2 1/4-pounders that I let go. I'd just assume hurt them today and not have to mess with them later."
He fished for less than 2 hours and came back 45 minutes early. That gave him time to do some flipping in Cataouatche.
"If I can catch another 16 pounds again tomorrow, I could come back even earlier and flip.
"A couple of the fish looked they just showed up they were fat and healthy. I can't wait to get back out there tomorrow."
6th: Hightower Worked Quickly
Hightower, a Federation Nation qualifier from Oklahoma, amassed 15 1/2 pounds in just an hour and a half at Venice. He flipped and also threw a spinnerbait and a Chatterbait.
"I have confidence in where I'm fishing," he said. "There's numbers there and I can catch them pretty fast.
"The hard part is the trip you feel like you won the tournament just by getting there. It feels so good and there's just a sigh of relief that you made it."
Most of his weigh-in fish were caught on the big stick. He reported getting between 20 and 25 bites and said he lost one fish that likely would've helped him.
"I'm going back tomorrow and I'm going to do the same thing. I'm calm and I'm ready."
7th: Pace made Good Move
Pace caught a bunch of 2-pounders early in the day, but decided to relocate in a quest for better quality. He ended up boating a 4-12 and garnering a position in the Top 10.
"It's a decision I'm pretty proud of because I was catching a fish on about every fifth flip," he said. "I pulled up my trolling motor and left, and that's what saved my day.
"I didn't give myself a great opportunity to win the Classic today, but I didn't prevent myself from having that opportunity tomorrow, either. I've put a lot into this deal and I'm doing all I can do."
He said he got 15 to 20 bites in the 3 hours he had to fish at Venice.
"It was pretty much what I expected down there, you're either around them or you're not. If I'd had more time, maybe I could've had a 19-pound bag, but maybe only catch 15 12 today means I'll be able to catch 19 tomorrow.
"You just never know."
8th: Faircloth a Little Light
Todd Faircloth said he left a couple of pounds down at Venice today.
"I felt I could've caught a little more," he said. "There's the potential for 16 to 18 pounds where I'm at and I mismanaged my time a little bit. I came back with about 30 to 40 minutes left.
"With that long of a run it's kind of hard to tell about that kind of thing, but I allowed a little too much time."
He went through about 15 keepers, mostly flipping, and his bag was topped by a 3 3/4-pounder.
"I feel like I've got some good stuff. The water is 10 degrees warmer (than a week ago) and the fish are aggressive and biting good. There was some stuff that I didn't get to fish because I thought I'd run out of time.
"I lost a couple of fish, but I don't think those hurt me."
He's confident that his areas will hold up for the duration of the tournament.
"With the number of bites I had, I think it will."
9th: Reese's Day Okay
Reese was confident he could catch between 12 and 18 pounds if he got at least an hour at Venice, and he split the difference between those extremes.
"It was a satisfactory day," the 2007 Classic champion said. "I caught the heck out of them, but they weren't those 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-pound bites. Once you get down there, catching the fish isn't the hard thing.
A 3 1/2-pounder was the biggest fish in his bag. He threw just one bait all day his new Berkley Havoc Pit Boss.
"There are some good bags to be had down there, I just need to get the right bites. This just means I need to go down there and bust 18 or better tomorrow.
"The big question is whether Cataouatche is going to hold up for 3 days. With that many boats and that much traffic, I'm banking that it doesn't."
10th: Elias Confirms Chapman's Report
As noted, Chapman and Elias started in the same area, which had dirtied over the day of rest. Elias didn't do as well as Chapman afterward, though, and came back from Venice with 14-13.
"That was the muddiest water I've ever fished in my life," Elias said of his first stop, which is saying something, given that he's from Mississippi. "It looked terrible. It was terrible. I caught four there two keepers and two throwbacks. I stayed another 30 minutes after Brent left and caught another on a spinnerbait. Then Bobby Lane was on my other spot. I saw him cull once and he left."
Elias said the water was so dirty that if you were waking a spinnerbait you still couldn't see the bait until it got to the boat.
He lost one fish a 3 1/2-pounder. He culled once on the day and caught a total of six keepers.
About tomorrow, he said: "I'm not going into the muddy area. I've got one other spot where I may be able to catch a couple, but nowhere that I'd bank on. I really thought that to do well at Venice I'd need 18 pounds. So I feel like I'm 3 pounds out of where I need to be. I'm not that far out of it."
11th: Palaniuk In 'Cat' Too
Palaniuk, the reigning Federation Nation National Champion, got his first taste of tour-level fishing today: He fished in sight of greatness like Martens, VanDam and Rook. He'll get plenty more of that this year as an Elite Series rookie.
With a 14-10 limit, Palaniuk's about 6 pounds off the lead pace.
"It keeps me in the hunt," he said. "Obviously I'd have liked to have a little more and be closer, but there's a lot of big fish that live in that area, so I believe (I) could weigh a big bag 20 to 25 pounds plus.
"They're fishing just a little off from where I'm at," he said in reference to the Top 3. "I think some bigger fish were using that area today. But it's not that far of a swim to where I'm fishing, and they might be swimming over to my side right now."
Despite his rookie status he's relaxed, he said, and "not really nervous." Instead he's excited to be here for the whole week.
About tomorrow? "Unless things change, I plan on fishing there (again) tomorrow. If I have to adapt or change something I will, but that's my plan. I don't have any butterflies. I'm actually super calm. I figure I don't really have anything to be nervous about. There's no pressure on me. There's a $455,000 difference between 1st and 2nd, so I'm just kind of swinging for the fences and trying to win."
12th: Jordon Fished Thoroughfare
Jordon's trouble was traffic, but not necessarily fishing traffic. He fished a canal in Venice and several boats run through there on pad today, which he said shut the fish off. He scraped together 14-03.
"On my first pass I caught two good ones in a row. Then another one pretty quickly after that. Then a spectator boat came through and asked if I knew where Iaconelli was. The fish didn't bite for another hour. Then several other people blew through there. It was more of a thoroughfare than I thought and it definitely affected the bite.
"I know the fish are in there to catch 19 a day. Maybe 20 if you can get enough bites."
He does have several other areas close by and thus faces a decision tomorrow. He's in a later flight, so if there's a similar fog delay tomorrow, he thinks he'll have more time than today. But there are also several other tournament boats in the vicinity, so he's afraid that if he does move, he'll be fishing used water.
17th: Duckett a Bit Shy
Boyd Duckett, the 2007 Classic champion, ran to Venice hoping to catch at least 15 pounds. He came back a pound and a quarter shy of that mark.
"I caught a lot of fish at least 10 or 12," he said. "I was just flipping mats and I lost two that would've helped me.
"I'll just have to go down and get 20 pounds tomorrow."
19th: Combs still Confident
Keith Combs' 13-02 bag left him more than 7 pounds out of the lead on day 1, but he hadn't give up hope of winning the Classic in his first appearance.
"I'm still in it," he said. "I've got an area where I could catch a 7- or 8-pound fish. I haven't caught one like that yet, but the place has got them and one could change the whole game."
He declined to reveal where he fished, but said it was not at Venice.
"I caught a lot of keepers, but a bunch of them were 12 inches to a pound and a half. Then I made a move I've got two areas that aren't very far apart.
"I've got one other area, but I don't think it's one where I can win."
25th: Tharp had 2 Get Away
Randall Tharp's bag would've been considerably heavier than 11-12 if he hadn't lost two good fish.
"I did have a pretty good opportunity," he said. "One of them I never turned so I didn't see it it may not have been a bass. The other one was a good 3 to 3 1/2 (pounds)."
He fished Bayou Black on day 1, but said he might go to Venice for day 2.
"The first practice day I went to Venice, and I kind of regret that. I should've waited for the weather to improve."
29th: McMurtury Struggled Early
Bassmaster Weekend Series champion Ryan McMurtury would've had better than a 10-09 bag, but he endured a frustrating morning.
"I missed my first seven bites," he said. "I had them hooked, but I couldn't keep them on. I didn't change anything later on, they just started eating it better.
He said he fished just outside Bayou Segnette and primarily threw a crankbait.
"I've got the fish I just need to catch them."
30th: Snowden Farmed a Couple
Brian Snowden was forced to settle for a 10 1/2-pound bag after he had two good fish come off shy of the boat.
"Both of them were over 3 pounds," he said. "One of them caught me off guard I was switching hands (with the rod) and the fish hit before the bait got to the bottom. The other one I had halfway to the boat before it came off."
He sorted through nine keepers and the biggest was a 3-pounder.
31st: LaClair Happy
Federation Nation qualifier Brian LaClair of Maryland enjoyed his first day as a Classic competitor. He weighed a 10-03 sack.
"It was good to go out and get a limit," he said. "It'd be nice if they were all 5-pounders, but that's the way it goes.
"I'd say the size of the fish was about as good as I thought I was going to find, but things changed up. They've moved every day to different places, but where they are now, I think they're going to be for a while. Hopefully I can get in the swing right away tomorrow instead of wasting time trying to find them."
50th: Reehm Gambled, Lost
Clark Reehm posted one of two zeroes today, along with Russ Lane.
He ran 250 miles roundtrip to an area past Delacroix that's actually only about 10 miles as the crow flies from the launch.
"I took a risk to win and it didn't pay off," he said. "I made my first cast at 11:15 and left at 1:08. They live there in a community hole. If it worked out I would have caught them all 3 days there because that's the spot the tournament could have been won on.
"I'm not bummed. I'm tired of losing. I haven't won a tournament in 4 or 5 years. You see who's at the top today. How do you beat those guys? To win you have to take calculated risks."
> Day 1 stats 50 anglers, 40 limits, 2 fours, 2 threes, 4 twos, 2 zeroes.
> Reese said the radar unit that was installed on his boat for this event paid dividends in today's fog. "It helped me avoid about four boats and a ship."
> Edwin Evers (14th, 14-02) was likewise high on his radar. "We hit a major fog bank down there (near Venice) and I can't tell you enough about that radar. It's amazing. That's the deal to have out there."
> John Crews (16th, 13-14) made the run to Venice. "Where I caught all my fish, it wasn't muddy. It looked nice. But the area I thought was going to be productive, I wasted an hour in it. It was all muddy. I don't know what the deal is but it was trashed. I caught about a dozen fish and did as well as I could without getting a 3-pound bite."
> Tommy Biffle (18th, 13-05) was yet another Venice adventurer who reported muddy water. "They just didn't bite today. The water was coming in muddied it up somehow. I don't know where it came from, but it was all stirred up and nasty looking."
> Mike Iaconelli (21st, 13-01) isn't sure what happened. He fished Venice and noted: "I'm super disappointed. I wish I could place the blame on something. I wish I could say somebody was on my best stretch or there wasn't enough time. But the big ones just didn't bite. I just wish I could put my finger on why. But I've got a new healthy baby boy, Vegas Michael. I'm super depressed about my day, but he puts everything in perspective. A bad day ain't the end of the world."
> Jeff Kriet (27th, 11-01) spun a hub on the way back from Venice. He said he was in the water up to his neck installing a new prop. He completed the work and made it back with 4 or 5 minutes to spare.
> Sean Alvarez (39th, 8-00) stuck to his plan and it worked, except he never got his big bite to the boat. He caught a small limit early, then went hunting for a big bite with a swimbait. He got the big bite, but she came unbuttoned. "The fish I lost was bigger than my total weight today. But there's more there. I know where they live. I'm not out of it by any means."
> Jason Williamson (41st, 7-01) spent Tuesday and Wednesday in bed with a stomach flu. He thus missed the final practice day and never got anything going today. He said he's still not fully recovered and feels about 80%.
Day 1 Standings
1. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, Ala. -- 5, 20-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-07
2. Scott Rook -- Little Rock, Ark. -- 5, 19-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 19-06
3. Kevin VanDam -- Kalamazoo, Mich. -- 5, 19-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 19-03
4. Brent Chapman -- Lake Quivira, Kan. -- 5, 18-00 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 18-00
5. Bobby Lane -- Lakeland, Fla. -- 5, 16-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-12
6. Dale Hightower -- Sand Springs, Okla. -- 5, 15-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-09
7. Cliff Pace -- Petal, Miss. -- 5, 15-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-07
8. Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, Texas -- 5, 15-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-02
9. Skeet Reese -- Auburn, Calif. -- 5, 15-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-01
10. Paul Elias -- Laurel, Miss. -- 5, 14-13 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-13
11. Brandon Palaniuk -- Rathdrum, Idaho -- 5, 14-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-10
12. Kelly Jordon -- Palestine, Texas -- 5, 14-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-03
12. Greg Vinson -- Wetumpka, Ala. -- 5, 14-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-03
14. Edwin Evers -- Talala, Okla. -- 5, 14-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-02
14. Kevin Wirth -- Crestwood, Ky. -- 5, 14-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-02
16. John Crews -- Salem, Va. -- 5, 13-14 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-14
17. Boyd Duckett -- Demopolis, Ala. -- 5, 13-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-12
18. Tommy Biffle -- Wagoner, Okla. -- 5, 13-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-05
19. Keith Combs -- Del Rio, Texas -- 5, 13-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-02
19. Dave Wolak -- Wake Forest, N.C. -- 5, 13-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-02
21. Michael Iaconelli -- Pitts Grove, N.J. -- 5, 13-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-01
22. Matt Herren -- Trussville, Ala. -- 5, 12-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-15
22. Derek Remitz -- Grant, Ala. -- 5, 12-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-15
24. Gary Klein -- Weatherford, Texas -- 5, 12-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-07
25. Randall Tharp -- Gardendale, Ala. -- 5, 11-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-12
26. Dave Watson -- Sullivan, Ind. -- 5, 11-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-04
27. Jeff Kriet -- Ardmore, Okla. -- 5, 11-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-01
28. Gerald Swindle -- Warrior, Ala. -- 5, 10-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-10
29. Ryan McMurtury -- Abbeville, S.C. -- 5, 10-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-09
30. Brian Snowden -- Reeds Spring, Mo. -- 5, 10-08 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-08
31. Brian La Clair -- Denton, Md. -- 5, 10-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-03
32. Morizo Shimizu -- Matsugaoka, Japan -- 5, 10-00 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-00
33. Terry Scroggins -- San Mateo, Fla. -- 5, 9-11 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 9-11
34. Terry Butcher -- Talala, Okla. -- 5, 9-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 9-09
35. Mike McClelland -- Bella Vista, Ark. -- 4, 9-05 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 9-05
36. Shaw Grigsby -- Gainesville, Fla. -- 5, 9-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 9-03
37. Andy Montgomery -- Blacksburg, S.C. -- 4, 9-02 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 9-02
38. Stephen Browning -- Hot Springs, Ark. -- 5, 8-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 8-12
39. Sean Alvarez -- Rutland, Vt. -- 5, 8-00 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 8-00
40. Bill Lowen -- Brookville, Ind. -- 5, 7-11 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 7-11
41. Jason Williamson -- Aiken, S.C. -- 5, 7-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 7-01
42. Mark Davis -- Mount Ida, Ark. -- 5, 7-00 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 7-00
43. Tracy Adams -- Wilkesboro, N.C. -- 2, 5-02 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 5-02
44. Ryan Said -- Wixom, Mich. -- 3, 4-15 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 4-15
45. Dean Rojas -- Lake Havasu City, Ariz -- 2, 4-04 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 4-04
46. Greg Hackney -- Gonzales, La. -- 3, 4-03 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 4-03
47. George Crain -- Cropwell, Ala. -- 2, 3-12 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 3-12
48. Steve Kennedy -- Auburn, Ala. -- 2, 2-06 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 2-06
49. Russ Lane -- Prattville, Ala. -- 0, 0-00 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 0-00
49. Clark Reehm -- Lufkin, Texas -- 0, 0-00 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 0-00