By BassFan Staff

The guy who got the least amount of fishing time on an already-shortened day 1 of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic returned to the launch with the heaviest bag.

Dean Rojas, the veteran from Arizona who's fished himself out of contention on opening day more than once in recent Classics, grabbed the early lead with a 21-02 stringer from South Carolina's Lake Hartwell on the coldest day in the event's history. He compiled that impressive bag despite having to remain at the dock for 28 minutes after the rest of the field had departed – a penalty for being 28 minutes late to check-in for Wednesday's final practice session.

"It's the best day I've ever had in the Classic, by far," he said. "It was absolutely a surprise – I didn't think I was on that kind of quality. I thought most of my fish were in the 3- to 3 1/2-pound range, not 4 to 5 pounds."

Skeet Reese, who won the 2009 Classic at Louisiana's Red River, was just a pound back with 20-02. Keith Combs, the three-time winner of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, was 3rd with 18-08.

After that it was a drop of more than 3 pounds down to Brett Hite, the third member of the Top 4 who resides on the West Coast. Defending champion Randy Howell completed the Top 5 with 15-05, 2 ounces ahead of lifelong South Carolinian and pre-tournament favorite Casey Ashley.

Here's a look at the early Top 12, with deficit margins from the leader indicated by red numbers in parentheses:

1. Dean Rojas: 21-02
2. Skeet Reese: 20-02 (1-00)
3. Keith Combs: 18-08 (2-10)
4. Brett Hite: 15-07 (5-11)
5. Randy Howell: 15-05 (5-13)
6. Casey Ashley: 15-03 (5-15)
7. Takahiro Omori: 15-00 (6-02)
8. Greg Hackney: 14-15 (6-03)
9. Mike Iaconelli: 14-07 (6-11)
10. Todd Faircloth: 14-06 (6-12)
11. David Kilgore: 14-01 (7-01)
12. Chris Lane: 14-00 (7-02)

It was determined on Thursday that the day-1 launch would be delayed by about 90 minutes due to the brutal cold, which created hazardous ice at the Green Pond Landing ramp. There was a further delay of about 40 minutes as some competitors had great difficulty getting their boats into the water – they had frozen tight to their trailers.

The overnight low in Anderson, S.C,. was a frigid 10 degrees – 9 degrees colder than the previous record for Feb. 20, which was set in 1958.

Some competitors who'd planned to begin the day in shallow backwaters arrived to discover those surfaces were rock-solid. Seized-up reels and ice-laden rod guides were an issue throughout the day, requiring their owners to submerse the sticks in the lake to regain functionality.

The weights show that the conditions had a much greater effect on the anglers than the fish, however, as the Top 12 all boxed at least 14 pounds. The guys atop the leaderboard reported catching quality specimens from 2 feet all the way down to 50 and some are operating at both extremes.

Hackney and Iaconelli both slipped into the Top 10 despite weighing only four fish apiece.

Among those who were likely out of the running after the first day were four-time runner-up Aaron Martens, who had equipment issues and weighed just three fish for 7-09, and Jason Christie, the No. 1 angler in the BassFan World Rankings (three fish, 7-06). Others sitting far below the 25th spot, where the cut will fall after day 2, were Edwin Evers (7-06), Randall Tharp (4-08), 2013 Classic champ Cliff Pace (4-05) and Brandon Palaniuk (1-07).

Four competitors zeroed – B.A.S.S. Nation entrants Troy Diede and Steve Lund, 2014 Lake Toho Southern Open winner Van Soles and veteran Paul Elias, who won the 1982 Classic.

The weather will warm up a bit on day 2, but it's anticipated that it'll have little impact on the water temperature, which is in the low- to mid-40s in the main lake. Saturday's high is expected to reach 48 degrees – approximately 13 degrees higher than where it topped out on day 1. Clouds and possibly some mixed precipitation are also in the forecast and that has many anglers thinking the weights stand to improve on day 2.

Rojas Mixing it Up

> Day 1: 5, 21-02

Rojas said he developed three distinct patterns in practice and utilized them all on day 1, catching key fish from various depths. He got eight keeper bites – seven largemouths and a 3 1/2-pound spot that he eventually culled.

He caught his first keeper on his second cast of the day and added another within 10 minutes. His stringer was topped but a 5-11 bruiser that took big-fish honors for the day.

He visited only about half of his waypoints, all of which feature the same type of structure.

"My whole practice was set up for what I'm doing," he said. "I'm committed to what I'm doing and I'm committed to a certain area. From what I saw with the water temperatures today, I'm dialing it in more, but I still need to keep an open mind about a couple other things.

"I'm very confident. I've got a pretty good idea of what I need to do and I'm going to give it everything I've got."

He reported catching a lot of spotted bass during practice, but connected with only the one on day 1.

"The spots were just gone. They're usually more aggressive and I think a lot of times they just get to the bait faster than the largemouths."

The number 13 certainly wasn't unlucky for him, as this is his 13th appearance in the event and he drew that same boat number.

"It all worked out. I never got in a hurry. Even after (he'd served his penalty time), I didn't go that fast to get where I was going. It was like, 'Oh, I'll get there.'''

He said the reason he was tardy getting back to the ramp on Wednesday was the clock on his console-mounted depthfinder, which he'd neglected to change from Central to Eastern time.

2nd: Reese Lays Foundation

> Day 1: 5, 20-02

Fishing in what were easily the most difficult – and coldest – conditions he can recall, Reese managed to put together a solid stringer that has him 1 pound off the lead.

“It was quite interesting,” he said, describing what it was like on the water. “It was … cold.”

He felt fortunate to not encounter issues with his reels freezing like others did, but he was constantly dipping his rods in the water to keep ice from forming on the guides.

“I dipped about 500 times today in the water,” he said.

He caught a keeper on his first cast of the day and had a limit “fairly early,” he said. “I thought I’d catch them a little better later on, but I only got one more good fish later in the day.”

That turned out to be a 5-pound kicker. He said he’s starting to dial in a pattern, but only caught three on it today.

“I thought it’d be better in the afternoon than what it was,” he noted, “but those fish, when the water temperature drops and gets cold combined with the high pressure, they just didn’t want to bite today.

“They were stubborn today. I think a lot of fish moved, either they pulled out and went deeper, I don’t know where they go to hide. It’s alright, I got some good ones out of it.”

B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina
Photo: B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina

Skeet Reese laid a strong foundation for his run at a second Classic title with a 20-pound stringer.

3rd: Combs’ Goal is Five

> Day 1: 5, 18-08

Combs believes the fish are still in the area he’s fishing and he thinks the potential is there for a dynamite stringer.

"When I got a bite it was a good one,” he said. “I felt lucky to catch five. One day in practice, I had nine bites and had a huge bag. If I could get that many bites again, I would’ve had a huge bag. I’ve always been concerned that I can’t catch five doing what I’m doing, though.”

He said three of his keepers came out of the mid-depth range, while the other two came while he was using his electronics. His first keeper came out of 36-degree water and the rest were set up in 45-degree water.

“I moved fast and ran a lot of water but I fished my bait very slowly,” he noted.

4th: Hite Content

> Day 1: 5, 15-07

Hite was happy with his opening-round performance, but only to an extent.

"It was a satisfactory bag, but it wasn't my best day," he said. "I kind of struggled to get the bites. I had two patterns going and I had to use both today."

His bag consisted of two largemouths (one of which weighed 4 1/2 pounds) and three spots (including a 4-pounder).

"I'm fishing both deep and at mid-depths and doing the same thing in both places. I'm catching some between 10 and 20 feet and some deeper than 20.

"My primary pattern, I caught the one big spot doing that and that was it. Some days on this lake, what you think is going to pan out just doesn't happen, whether you just don't see them (on the depthfinder) anymore or they just don't bite. I really don't know what causes them to vanish or stay where they are on a given day."

5th: ‘Decent Start’ For Howell

> Day 1: 5, 15-05

The reigning Classic champion put himself back in the mix with a solid stringer on perhaps the toughest fishing day, conditions-wise, he’s ever faced as a pro.

“I did alright,” he said. “It’s definitely a decent start. Last year, I had 20 pounds on day 1 at Guntersville and that’s kind of like having 13 or 14 here. I just didn’t get a big bite. I did lose a 4-pounder that would’ve helped out, but the rest of the day was okay.”

He said it took him a little bit of time today to get settled into a groove and thinks the longer day on the water Saturday will allow him to fish areas more thoroughly.

“I’ll have longer tomorrow to expand on some areas,” he added. “Today, I had to keep hustling until I figured out where they were positioned. They were a little different than they had been. We had a lot of current today that we hadn’t had all week, which is good. I just didn’t key in on it quick enough like I needed to.”

He totaled seven keepers and said he lost a good one – maybe a 4-pounder – that pulled off while fishing a crankbait.

“I wasted a little too much time at my first spot,” he said. “Then I started hustling a little faster and started keying in on not spending as much time going far down some banks. I just hit the corners where the current was – that was the key today.”

6th: Ashley Amped Up

> Day 1: 5, 15-03

Ashley called Friday a "good day," all things considered, and believes Hartwell is fixing to turn out some serious weight on day 2, especially the area where he caught the lion’s share of his weight this morning.

B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina
Photo: B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina

Brett Hite plied two different depth ranges to compile his 15 1/2-pound bag.

“Tomorrow, it’s going to be cloudy and we get to start earlier,” he said. “The big fish bite earlier and I’ll have a little more time before the light gets me in that place. I could get 20 pounds out of that place easy. They’re there. If I can do that early and then have a longer day to run around and try to get a good fish, that’s really what I’d like to do. I like to get a limit early and then fish for two or three more bites the rest of the day.”

He had a limit by 10:30 today, but wasn’t able to upgrade significantly after that.

“It was a good day. I’m pleased with it. I did what I wanted to,” he said.

Slow presentations were the key, he said, although he didn’t have any takers on his jig today.

“It’s going to turn on for everybody (tomorrow),” he added. “These fish bite when it’s overcast. It doesn’t matter if they’re shallow or deep.”

7th: Omori Stayed Put

> Day 1: 5, 15-00

Typically, Omori doesn’t fare well in tournaments where cold weather plays a role. He doesn’t hide the fact that he very much dislikes fishing in chillyconditions.

Today, however, he may have turned a corner in that regard as he battled the elements and put himself in the mix for a second career Classic title.

“I have super spot and I stayed there until 2 p.m.,” he said. “I saw on my graph that there are more there schooled up so hopefully they’ll still be grouped up.”

He caught nine keepers and weighed a mixed bag of three largemouths and two spots.

“I feel really good about it, no doubt,” he said.

8th: Hackney Never Got In Rhythm

> Day 1: 4, 14-15

Even though he’s in the Top 10 after day 1, defending Angler of the Year Greg Hackney endured a frustrating day from the standpoint of having to deal with the effect the cold had on his equipment.

“When you’re constantly having to de-ice your guides, you can’t get into a rhythm because you keep breaking it,” he said. “It’s hideous to fish when it’s below freezing. If it just stayed 33 … it’s just rough on equipment.”

He had an hour-long spurt at one point where he got six bites and wrangled four of them back to the boat.

“They weren’t biting very good, but when they did you could tell,” he said. “They were the same fish I fished for once before and I couldn’t even see any sign that they were even there. I went back to them one more time just because it was such a good place and got them going a little bit.”

He doesn’t foresee the water temperature moving much from the 44-degree maximum water temperatures he saw today and he said he learned to avoid anywhere where it’s in the 30s.

“I went to a place that I had confidence in as a numbers area, but the water was 38 degrees,” he said. “I just made 10 casts and rolled out of there..

9th: Delay Doomed Ike’s Morning Plan

> Day 1: 4, 14-07

Iaconelli was counting on capitalizing on fish keying on blueback herring in the early morning, but the delayed start Friday took that mostly out of the equation for him. It had been a pretty steady producer all through practice.

“The big news for me today was the delay this morning, plus the added time it took to launch,” he said. “That really hurt my primary morning bite. I ended up having one bump it – that was my first bite of the day and he just head-butted it – but that’s an early-morning deal.”

He eventually slid out to deeper water and strung together four keeper bites that put him in the Top 10.

“The good thing was two of them were giants, but the bad news was I only ended up with four,” he said. “That’s fishing deep for me. I knew that was going to happen. Having that 12 or 13 pounds early in a pocket on that herring bite is the key. That lets you go out there and settle down, but when you don’t have anything and you don’t get out there until 10 a.m., your mind is wanting to go fast, but you need to go slow. It’s a mental battle. That was my day.”

If everything goes according to schedule on Saturday in terms of the launch, he’s almost certain he can catch a quick limit.

“I think it’ll be there in the morning,” he added. “If we launch at the regular time, plus we’ve got cloud cover coming in that extends it a little bit. I think you’re going to see the weights go up tomorrow. I think everybody will have a better day tomorrow.”

10th: Faircloth Rallied Late

> Day 1: 5, 14-06

Faircloth, who's suffering from both a head cold and a case of pink-eye, overcame a sluggish morning to post a more-than-respectable bag.

"As bad as I struggled early, it turned out to be a pretty good day," he said. "I caught one doing what I thought I was going to catch them all doing, but I learned something and that's a positive.

"I need to adjust where and how I'm fishing at certain times of the day and focus on a deal that I got a few bites in practice on. That was my most solid thing today."

He went through seven or eight keepers, the biggest of which was a 4-pounder. He lost a couple of bites and brought one spotted bass to the scale.

"I don't think I had any keepers at all until 10:45 or 11 o'clock. I did most of my damage from noon on.

"I saw some fish in practice that make me thing a 20-pound bag is definitely doable. It's not out of the question, but that'd be a real good day for me."

11th: Kilgore Still Confident

> Day 1: 5, 14-01

Despite seeing his quantity of bites diminish from practice, David Kilgore is still optimistic a similar or better stringer is out there for him tomorrow.

“I had a little one today, so if I could’ve gotten rid of it, I could’ve had 15 or 16 pounds,” he said, noting he had just five bites today. “The number of bites went way down so hopefully tomorrow, with it not being as cold, if I can get seven or eight bites I can have a big stringer. I don’t know what the clouds are going to do to me. I’ve caught some under clouds in practice so I don’t think it’ll be a problem for me."

He said the water temperature in the areas he fished had tumbled into the 44- to 46-degree range, but feels like he can still entice bites despite the drop.

“It was a grind all day long,” he added. “I knew they weren’t biting very well when I went into this one cove where I’d shook six off in practice. I hit it hard today and caught two. I knew they lived there and after catching only two, I was like, ‘Wow, it ain’t very good.’ If it stays where it’s at, I’m good because I caught some in that cold stuff.”

He’s pretty well dialed into a pattern and a bait, details of which he wasn’t ready to divulge yet.

“I have three rods on my deck and all three have the same bait on just in case I get one of those ice-induced backlashes,” he noted. “If I don’t get one tomorrow, I’ll throw one bait all day.”

12th: Lane Stayed Shallow

> Day 1: 5, 14-00

Chris Lane, the winner of the 2012 Classic, fished shallow throughout the day with a Luck-E-Strike crankbait and ended up getting six keeper bites. All were largemouths and one was close to 4 pounds.

"I laid off some stuff toward the end of the day," he said. "I didn't want to catch a 2-pounder that I might need to catch tomorrow. Where I was at, I didn't see anybody else doing what I was doing."

He said he'd spend some time in deeper water at the beginning of day 2.

"I had a decision to make this morning about whether I should go to my deep spot and try to put a limit together. By the time we got out there the sun was up and beating on those banks, and I just never went (deep).

"The fish I caught were suspended off those deep shelves, but they're up and I have to be close to the bank to catch them. I'm committed to taking a shot at this thing and what it's going to take is a couple of those 4- to 5-pounders every day."

13th: Mueller Will Change If Necessary

> Day 1: 5, 13-12

Paul Mueller, the runner-up at last year’s Classic, had a solid opening day on what he figures will be the toughest of 3 days, conditions-wise.

He initially targeted areas that are predominantly spotted bass holes, but is prepared to move away from that strategy if the conditions call for it.

“I’m going to have switch it up and keep an open mind because I’m not sure if I’m going to fish the way I fished today all three days,” he said. “I knew that other patterns that I had going on probably weren’t going to be the deal today, so I didn’t fish those.

“I knew I had to grind it out and catch a decent bag, which was good because on certain stuff the bait had moved out of the areas. I’d waste a lot of time tomorrow if I hadn’t checked it today.”

The one area he fished for spots, he came out of it with a 4-pound largemouth that anchored his bag.

“That was a bonus fish,” he said.

14th: Wheeler Lost A Big One

> Day 1: 5, 12-10

Jacob Wheeler has a sense that Saturday could turn into a shootout simply because the weather is due to warm up a bit and cloud cover is expected to slide in over the lake.

“We’ll catch ‘em (better) tomorrow, guaranteed,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it. They’re going to bite and there’s definitely some things they’re going to be doing and I’ve got a really good feeling. I’m not really sure how many people know what goes on on this lake, but they will be biting.”

Photo: BassFan

Pre-tournament favorite Casey Ashley put himself in contention with a 15-03 haul.

Today, he caught fish out of water as shallow as two feet out to 40 feet and had to avoid some areas where the water temperature had dropped into the upper 30s. He also lost one that would’ve given him a 3-plus pound upgrade.

“I weighed in a 1 1/4-pounder and lost a 5,” he said. “It makes me want to cry. I did catch a 4 late.

“The only tough thing was the backs of the creeks where there were cranking fish and fish shallow, the water was like 37 or 38 degrees. That’s cold cold and they’re not going to be biting in that. That messed up a lot of people I’m sure. I just ran around a lot today trying to determine what was going on and figure out what the fish were doing with the weather conditions changing.”

15th: Walker Needed One More

> Day 1: 4, 12-03

David Walker was honored by the U.S. Army during the day-1 weigh-in for his role in rescuing a man from the frigid Lake Hartwell waters during practice last weekend. He was presented with a plaque and the man he rescued, Brandon Ardister, was in attendance at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

That was the highlight of the day for Walker, who was miffed at himself for falling one fish short of a limit.

“You can’t win something like this with a blank spot,” he said. “Obviosuly, I’m catching the right fish because that’s the way it was in practice – I wasn’t getting many bites, but I caught some good ones.”

With the shorter day, he felt like he’d have to grind out what he could. His first keeper was a 4 1/2-pounder and that got his blood pumping.

“I was like, ‘This is cool. Let’s just make this work,’” he said. “I never lost a fish and just wound up with the four bites. There were places where I knew the fish were there, but I tried everything and they would not bite. It was just that bluebird day. It was like that in practice, too. If we’d get a little wind that’d make up for it. The best days were the cloudy ones, which is why I think tomorrow is going to be a hammer of a day. I have a hole to get out of, but it’s doable.”

18th: Montgomery Miffed

> Day 1: 5, 11-08

After all the preparation and planning he put into this year’s Classic, Andy Montgomery was shocked at his day-1 output.

“If you’re doing to be disappointed, it’s good to be disappointed in the Classic, I guess,” he said after failing to crack the 12-pound mark. “I just had an incredible practice getting ready for this deal and to only catch 11 pounds is really disappointing.”

He said he had a few fish come off, but the ones he did catch came on a jig around deeper rock, timber and ditches. He’s fearful the hole he dug for himself is too deep to climb out of on day 2.

“I can make up some of it, but I might be too far behind now,” he added. “I needed to catch at least 15 pounds and I didn’t think there was any way for me to not catch that. “

53rd (tie): Elias Perplexed

> Day 1: 0, 0-00

Paul Elias is the oldest competitor in this year’s Classic field, but he felt like he had located an area that harbored good enough fish to help him keep up with the younger crowd.

That wasn’t the case on Friday as the 1982 Classic champ failed to generate even one bite.

“I never had a bite. It blew my mind,” he said. “I wasn’t on a really big wad of fish or anything. Just piddling around during practice days, I could catch five. One area really surprised me. I went in there and caught three 4-pounders in practice and they were biting. I thought I could catch some there and I probably didn’t stay in there long enough.”

He thinks those fish may have reached their cold-water threshold and got lockjaw.

“I might go back in there and just own it tomorrow and try to figure them out,” he added. “It was one of those deals. I never had a bite or even thought I had a bite. It’s hard to believe you can make that many casts and not even have one look at it.”


> Day 1 Stats: 56 anglers, 24 limits, 9 fours, 7 threes, 6, twos, 6 ones, 4 zeroes.

Day 1 Standings

1. Dean Rojas -- Lake Havasu City, AZ -- 5, 21-02
Day 1: 5, 21-02

2. Skeet Reese -- Auburn, CA -- 5, 20-02
Day 1: 5, 20-02

3. Keith Combs -- Huntington, TX -- 5, 18-08
Day 1: 5, 18-08

4. Brett Hite -- Phoenix, AZ -- 5, 15-07
Day 1: 5, 15-07

5. Randy Howell -- Springville, AL -- 5, 15-05
Day 1: 5, 15-05

6. Casey Ashley -- Donalds, SC -- 5, 15-03
Day 1: 5, 15-03

7. Takahiro Omori -- Emory, TX -- 5, 15-00
Day 1: 5, 15-00

8. Greg Hackney -- Gonzales, LA -- 4, 14-15
Day 1: 4, 14-15

9. Michael Iaconelli -- Pitts Grove, NJ -- 4, 14-07
Day 1: 4, 14-07

10. Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, TX -- 5, 14-06
Day 1: 5, 14-06

11. David Kilgore -- Jasper, AL -- 5, 14-01
Day 1: 5, 14-01

12. Chris Lane -- Guntersville, AL -- 5, 14-00
Day 1: 5, 14-00

13. Paul Mueller -- Naugatuck, CT -- 5, 13-12
Day 1: 5, 13-12

14. Jacob Wheeler -- Indianapolis, IN -- 5, 12-10
Day 1: 5, 12-10

15. David Walker -- Sevierville, TN -- 4, 12-03
Day 1: 4, 12-03

16. Mike McClelland -- Bella Vista, AR -- 5, 12-02
Day 1: 5, 12-02

17. Clifford Pirch -- Payson, AZ -- 5, 11-13
Day 1: 5, 11-13

18. Andy Montgomery -- Blacksburg, SC -- 5, 11-08
Day 1: 5, 11-08

19. Brandon Lester -- Fayetteville, TN -- 5, 11-00
Day 1: 5, 11-00

20. Bobby Lane Jr. Lakeland, FL -- 4, 10-10
Day 1: 4, 10-10

21. Jared Lintner -- Arroyo Grande, CA -- 5, 10-09
Day 1: 5, 10-09

22. Ott DeFoe -- Knoxville, TN -- 5, 10-06
Day 1: 5, 10-06

23. Mark Davis -- Mount Ida, AR -- 5, 09-06
Day 1: 5, 09-06

24. Coby Carden -- Shelby, AL -- 5, 09-03
Day 1: 5, 09-03

25. Jacob Powroznik -- Port Haywood, VA -- 4, 09-02
Day 1: 4, 09-02

26. Gerald Swindle -- Warrior, AL -- 5, 08-13
Day 1: 5, 08-13

27. James Niggemeyer -- Van, TX -- 4, 08-10
Day 1: 4, 08-10

28. Brian Snowden -- Reeds Spring, MO -- 4, 08-08
Day 1: 4, 08-08

29. Kevin Short -- Mayflower, AR -- 5, 08-04
Day 1: 5, 08-04

30. Justin Lucas -- Guntersville, AL -- 3, 08-04
Day 1: 3, 08-04

31. Matt Herren -- Ashville, AL -- 4, 08-01
Day 1: 4, 08-01

32. Bill Lowen -- Brookville, IN -- 4, 07-11
Day 1: 4, 07-11

33. Teb Jones -- Hattiesburg, MS -- 3, 07-09
Day 1: 3, 07-09

33. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, AL -- 3, 07-09
Day 1: 3, 07-09

33. Chad Pipkens -- Holt, MI -- 3, 07-09
Day 1: 3, 07-09

36. John Crews Jr -- Salem, VA -- 2, 07-08
Day 1: 2, 07-08

37. Jason Christie -- Park Hill, OK -- 3, 07-06
Day 1: 3, 07-06

38. Edwin Evers -- Talala, OK -- 5, 07-04
Day 1: 5, 07-04

39. Shin Fukae -- Palestine, TX -- 5, 06-14
Day 1: 5, 06-14

40. Brandon Gray -- Bullock, NC -- 3, 06-07
Day 1: 3, 06-07

41. Scott Rook -- Little Rock, AR -- 3, 04-13
Day 1: 3, 04-13

42. Randall Tharp -- Port St. Joe, FL -- 2, 04-08
Day 1: 2, 04-08

43. Cliff Pace -- Petal, MS -- 2, 04-05
Day 1: 2, 04-05

44. Cliff Prince -- Palatka, FL -- 2, 03-09
Day 1: 2, 03-09

45. Andy Young -- Mound, MN -- 2, 03-08
Day 1: 2, 03-08

46. Chad Morgenthaler -- Coulterville, IL -- 2, 03-04
Day 1: 2, 03-04

47. Brett Preuett -- Monroe, LA -- 1, 03-00
Day 1: 1, 03-00

48. Stephen Browning -- Hot Springs, AR -- 1, 02-13
Day 1: 1, 02-13

49. Cliff Crochet -- Pierre Part, LA -- 1, 02-12
Day 1: 1, 02-12

50. Jeff Lugar -- Cross Junction, VA -- 1, 02-04
Day 1: 1, 02-04

51. Brandon Palaniuk -- Rathdrum, ID -- 1, 01-07
Day 1: 1, 01-07

52. Morizo Shimizu -- Suita, Osaka, Japan -- 1, 01-05
Day 1: 1, 01-05

53. Troy Diede -- Sioux Falls, SD -- 00-00
Day 1: 0, 00-00

53. Paul Elias -- Laurel, MS -- 00-00
Day 1: 0, 00-00

53. Steve Lund -- Glendale, AZ -- 00-00
Day 1: 0, 00-00

53. Van Soles -- Haines City, FL -- 00-00
Day 1: 0, 00-00