By BassFan Staff

What was a pre-spawn Bassmaster Classic at the Red River in Louisiana has become a full-on bed-fishing event. No 20-pound sacks have been weighed thus far, but 25 is a possibility for the final day, and the Top 10 is separated by just a little more than 6 pounds.

Chris Lane, who's won several times in triple-A events but has yet to claim his initial tour-level victory, grabbed the lead today with a tournament best 19-04 sack that pushed his 2-day total to 35-08. His advantage is exactly a pound over fellow Alabama resident Greg Vinson, whose 16-12 bag gave him a 34-08 total.



Texan Alton Jones, the 2008 Classic champion and bed-fisherman extraordinaire, is a little less than 4 pounds back in 3rd with a 31-11 aggregate after sacking 17-14 today. Bobby Lane, Chris' older brother who still lives in their native Florida, caught 14-08 today and sits in 4th with 30-12.

Oklahoma's Edwin Evers "Steady Eddie," as he's known is in 5th with a 30-07 total after a 14-04 day. Dustin Wilks, a North Carolinian who's nearly as quiet and unassuming as Evers, rounds out the list of anglers with 30-plus-pound totals he has 30-03 after catching 13-10 on day 2.

Here's how the Top 10 looks, with deficit margin from leader indicated by red numbers in parentheses:

1. Chris Lane: 35-08
2. Greg Vinson: 34-08 (1-00)
3. Alton Jones: 31-11 (3-13)
4. Bobby Lane: 30-12 (4-12)
5. Edwin Evers: 30-07 (5-01)
6. Dustin Wilks: 30-03 (5-05)
7. Bill Lowen: 29-10 (5-14)
8. Aaron Martens: 29-09 (5-13)
9. David Walker: 29-06 (6-02)
10. Keith Poche: 29-05 (6-03)

Two-time defending champion Kevin VanDam will need to stage a huge rally in order to claim his third consecutive crown. He moved up 9 places to 18th with a 13-15 stringer today, but his 24-15 total left him more than 10 1/2 pounds behind the younger Lane. The largest deficit ever overcome on the final day to win a Classic was 9-10 by Rick Clunn at the Arkansas River in 1990.

A 25-pound sack from the Red when fish are on the beds is eminently possible Kenyon Hill made just such a haul on day 3 the last time the event was staged here in 2009. The off-colored water makes sight-fishing conditions less than ideal, but the big females don't necessarily need to be seen beforehand to be caught.

Some are indeed visible, though. For example, Todd Faircloth (13th) looked at two of the five fish that made up his 18-12 sack, which was second-biggest of the day after Chris Lane's.

The Lanes are the first set of brothers to ever compete in two Classics together. A victory by one would also be a win, of sorts, for the other, as they revealed at the press conference following the weigh-in that if one of them claimed the $500,000 top prize, he'd pay the other's entry fees for the 2012 Elite Series.

The anglers at the top of the leaderboard are all focused on areas that spawning fish are coming to, or in some cases larger backwaters where such fish live year-round, but are just now going into reproduction mode and setting up accordingly. Some have their locales to themselves, while others are sharing areas that have been hammered over the past 2 days.



B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito
Photo: B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito

Greg Vinson will start the final day just a pound out of the lead after weighing a 16-12 sack today.

Chris Lane will start in a place in Pool 4 that's also occupied by Lowen and Matt Reed. Vinson and Bobby Lane have their own spaces adjacent to each other, also in Pool 4. Jones, Evers and Wilks are in virtual "community holes."

The 49-angler field was reduced to 25 today. A couple of former Classic champions Takahiro Omori and Mike Iaconelli tied for the final slot with 23-12, but Omori claimed the day-3 berth by virtue of the third tiebreaker (heaviest single-day bag).

C. Lane Makes a Move

> Day 2: 5, 19-04 (10, 35-08)

Chris Lane spent much of day 1 in Pool 5 (the launch pool), but locked down to Pool 4 today and came back with the best bag yet to be weighed. He said that distinction might not hold up through tomorrow.

"I saw a lot of big fish caught today and I feel this river has the potential for a 25-pound sack," he said. "(The Top 6 are) all in the right areas to catch big fish and we're all (using) the right techniques."

The 36-year-old father of four had his best Elite Series season in 2011 (12th in the Angler of the Year race) and started 2012 with a win at the Harris Chain Bassmaster Southern Open. He said after the final practice day that his confidence level for this tournament was high simply because he's been on such roll of late.

Every on-the-water decision he makes nowadays seems to be the right one.

"The first day I caught them in a foot and a half of water, maybe even less, and with different line and a different weight than I used today. I changed up today and it worked out well. I went back to how I'd gotten some bites in practice and really slowed down.

"I saw (Reed) catch a couple of big ones and I knew he was casting, and after I changed up and caught a couple of 2 1/2- and 3-pounders, I said, 'Okay, now we're starting to get somewhere.' I keyed in on doing that and I'm really looking forward to doing it again tomorrow."

His strategy for day 3 may include yet another move, but he'll wait to see how the early portion of the day plays out.

"That area might be good for one or two big fish, but I don't think it can be won there."

2nd: Vinson was Alone Again

> Day 2: 5, 16-12 (10, 34-08)

Vinson once again enjoyed solitude in his primary locale.

"I had it all to myself today, he said. I actually had fewer spectator boats today than I did yesterday. I dont know who was distracting them, but I sure appreciate it.

That peace and quiet allowed him to fish patiently.

I knew it was going to be slow this morning. I got two quality bites (and) I felt like I was ahead of the game at that point. Later today, as the water temperature came up, the activity level came up and allowed me to be more efficient. I could cover water more quickly and be more aggressive with my patterns."

He did have to make an adjustment or two during the day.

I caught them on a bait I hadnt caught them on all week, but thats what I had to do to catch them. Today I caught several on a NetBait Salt Lick its like a Senko. Spinnerbaits have (also) been a real strong pattern for me, and the NetBait Baby Paca Craw (worked). And my biggest fish today came in the last 10 minutes on a little Bandit squarebill. It weighed about 4 1/4 pounds.

He has a specific target weight in mind for the final day.

Whoever can catch 19 pounds or more, thats the kind of limit that will do it. Somebody will have a limit like that tomorrow and probably win the tournament.

3rd: Jones Staying Focused

> Day 2: 5, 17-14 (10, 31-11)

Jones was all smiles after a day that saw him move from 16th place in the standings to third. He's trying to join VanDam, Rick Clunn, George Cochran, Hank Parker and Bobby Murray as anglers with multiple Classic wins.

Its exciting," he said. "I cant remember what movie it is, but it reminds me of the line, So youre saying I have a chance? And thats what you want heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Classic, is to be in contention for a title, and anything can happen.

"Guys that have been catching them may end up stumbling a little bit. Or I may be the one that goes out and stumbles, or I may be the guy that goes out and catches them. Somebody is going to earn a new title tomorrow and it's going to be fun vying for that.

He's the only angler among the Top 16 who knows what it's like to spend a year as the reigning Classic champion, and that's something he wants to experience again. One of the perks that resulted from his first crown was a trip to the White House.

It would be real important (to win again) because I can look back now and see how important it was to win the first one. It was one of the highlights of my life. You know, the year of a championship is a whirlwind year for the champion and is full of all kinds of great and unimaginable things. I would love to relive part of that again its every fishermans dream.

He's hoping that his championship experience will help soothe the anxiety of contending on the final day.

Im going to try and not let the nerves get to me, and maybe having been there before will help me deal with that. Ive got a job to do and Im going to go out and fish my heart out and Im going to take whatever fish the Lord puts in my livewell.

He said that while there are good numbers of bass where he's fishing, big bites are hard to come by.

"Im going to stick with that area. One thing that I am going to have is more fishing time than anybody else because Im literally burning a thimble-full of gas from takeoff. Im less than a half a mile from the ramp. Ill be in my area fishing before anyone else gets to their spot.

4th: B. Lane Gets Serious

Day 2: 5, 14-8 (10, 30-12)

The usually jovial Bobby Lane was all business as he discussed his quest to overtake his brother and claim the Classic title for himself.

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

Alton Jones will go out tomorrow with a chance to claim his second Bassmaster Classic title in 5 years.

Its exciting to be in this position," he said. "(But) you cant win the tournament today, youve got to win it tomorrow, so hopefully we can get out there and grind em out and get all quality bites tomorrow.

Fishing-wise, he's in his comfort zone.

"Im just Florida-fishing. I caught a 4 1/2-pounder on a spinnerbait first thing this morning first cast and then slowed way, way down. I missed a couple of fish and then caught three or four (after that). I then moved to another area and caught a 3-pounder on a bed."

He intends to fish the same spot in Pool 4 on day 3, but with a laser-like intensity directed toward victory
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"This aint my first tournament, I promise, and Im not going be happy unless I win it. But Ill shake the guys hand if somebody does somehow catch more than me tomorrow.

5th: Evers Had His Chances

> Day 2: 5, 14-04 (10, 30-07)

Evers lamented some missed opportunities that might have cost him the day-2 lead.

Im a little frustrated with my day, he said. I should've had 18 or 19 pounds, maybe more than that today. The good thing about it is that I know where they're at and hopefully Ill get them tomorrow.

One drawback at least early on Sunday morning - could be another round of chilly post-frontal temperatures, perhaps as low as the upper 30s.

"The last time we were here, it got pretty tough the second day after the front and a bunch of them backed off. I dont know what will happen tonight, with how cold it's supposed to get, but it will be interesting to see.

He thinks the fish he's targeting in Pool 4 are gradually wearing thin due to spectator traffic and angling pressure. That could mean a day of adjustments up to and including a move elsewhere.

Im going to have to go find some more fish and catch about 17 or 18 pounds I think (to win)."

6th: Wilks Reversed Course

> Day 2: 5, 13-10 (10, 30-03)

Wilks didn't have a fish at 9:00 when he departed the Pool-5 backwater he was sharing with Aaron Martens and Ott DeFoe. He wasn't gone for long, though.

"I idled out and fished some trees, and then I was back at 9:15," he said. "I needed to do a little something different because they would not bite that crankbait with no wind, and I finally started catching them and culling.

"Then the wind blew late in the day and I caught them on the crankbait again."

He caught eight or nine keepers for the day and the biggest was a 3-pounder.

"I'll be back in there tomorrow I don't have anything else. If I do run away, I'll just end up running back."

7th: Lowen Didn't Look

> Day 2: 5, 14-13 (10, 29-10)

Lowen's day-2 limit was identical in weight to the sack he sat on the scale yesterday. That wouldn't be the case had he not missed a crucial 4 1/2-pound bite today.

"That one fish would've gone a long way," he said. "The way this tournament is playing out, you really need to catch everything that bites. If I had caught that fish I'm easily looking at a Super 6. It probably would've improved me two or three spots."

He said his Ohio River background is definitely working to his advantage at the Red. Chris Lane and Matt Reed are in his vicinity, but he's got his best stuff to himself. He attributed his solitude to his ability to identify nondescript, fish-holding features that his competitors are missing.

"A lot of guys are working pad stems and laydowns and that kind of stuff," he noted. "It's easy to get distracted by all the cover in this place. I'm focusing on subtleties, but the characteristics of (his best areas) are actually pretty obvious."

He's mixing it up between cranking, flipping, spinnerbaiting and "anything else it takes to get a bite." Bed fish haven't been a factor for him so far, but he said the water in his area is getting lower and cleaner by the day and he'll be glaring at the banks tomorrow in case a few females decide to make a move.

8th: Martens Seeks Big Finish

Day 2: 5, 15-11 (10, 29-09)

Aaron Martens is still optimistic about his chances of capturing his first Classic title, and he thinks he knows the spot to possibly accomplish that feat.

"Its one of the only places I know here that you can catch a 20-plus bag," he said. "It could happen easily. They're coming up and they're wanting to spawn (and) its the cleanest water in the area. Its a no-brainer. Ive been thinking about it all afternoon.

Martens spent a portion of Saturday thinking about something else a 6-pound fish that came unbuttoned.

The 6-pounder was a freak, I dont know why I lost her, he said. I had her hooked and I got her to the top, so I dont know why she came off. I had to use pliers on almost all of my fish today, but that big one got off, maybe because it had a bigger mouth, a harder mouth.

11th: All Spawners for Combs

> Day 2: 5, 15-01 (10, 28-10)

Keith Combs spent the day fishing in the vicinity of Evers and Faircloth in Pool 4. He boated nine keepers.

"I got four pretty quick, then it took me forever to catch the fifth one," he said. "I lost a 4-pounder and a 3, and then I got the 3 today it was the same fish.

"I lost one that would've culled for me, but my execution's been as good as can be expected. Every cast is over two or three things."

He had to go about his work much differently today than on day 1.

"Yesterday they'd smoke a running bait, but today it had to be right on their nest. If they bite the same bait (he used today) again tomorrow, it could be a big day for me.

"Three of them that I weighed I saw, but everything in there's on a bed. They're all in the shallowest stuff and around the thickest clumps."

12th: T. Horton Caught Dozens

Day 2: 5, 17-14 (10, 28-09)

Tim Horton's rod was bent for most of the day, as he estimated that he boated between 30 and 40 keepers.

"I've got a neat little spot and we'll find out how it holds up tomorrow," he said. "I had it all to myself, so that could help."

His bag contained two fish that were in the 5-pound range.

"I lost one the first day that would've helped me, but I didn't lose anything today."

13th: Faircloth Saved Some

> Day 2: 5, 18-12 (10, 28-05)

Spawning fish comprised 100 percent of Faircloth's day-2 limit, but he only actually saw two of the five keepers that ended up in his livewell. Instead of spending lots of time looking, he's making multiple casts to areas where he feels a female is likely to build a bed.

B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito
Photo: B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito

Bobby Lane will do his best to overtake younger brother Chris on the Classic's final day.

Its exciting to be in this position," he said. "(But) you cant win the tournament today, youve got to win it tomorrow, so hopefully we can get out there and grind em out and get all quality bites tomorrow.
"I think yesterday we were catching the bucks on the moving baits," he said. "Today (with the lack of wind) I was able to slow down and that's really the only difference as far as the weight I caught today versus yesterday. These fish just don't want to chase a bait this time of year.

"I'm real in-tune to what I'm looking at. When I get to an area that looks right I really, really slow down and pick it apart. As far as seeing fish, if it's over 3 pounds I'm going to fish for it until I catch it."

He went back to where he caught his fish on day 1 and regrets ever abandoning the Pool-4 spot that day. He's fishing in close proximity to Keith Combs, but so far there's been no hint of conflict between the two Texans. Evers is also in the same general area.

About sharing the spawning area with Combs, he said: "There's no sense in fussing and fighting. Nobody wins when that starts happening. Keith and I are being true professionals about it. I actually told him how I caught my fish yesterday and he did the same for me."

He boated a dozen fish fish on day 2 and said he saved "a couple" bedding fish for tomorrow.

"This is my style of fishing," he added. "I tend to do better in tournaments whenever I'm fishing slow and picking a place apart."

15th: DeFoe Dealing with Traffic

> Day 2: 5, 11-01 (10, 27-07)

DeFoe' relied primarily on a Rapala Shad Rap to fool fish in the highly pressured McDade area on day 1, but was forced to make the switch to a Rapala XRap (jerkbait) on day 2.

"I got the jerkbait out for a couple of reasons," he explained. "Number one, I felt like I needed to slow down. The water had dropped a couple degrees this morning compared to yesterday. Besides that, the water was real clear and I didn't feel like I was being effective with that Shad Rap. As soon as I started throwing the jerkbait I was hung less and was just able to fish my areas better."

He knew coming into this event that crowding was imminent, so fishing the community hole didn't bother him. He said at one point today he and Mike Iaconelli "could have spit in each other's boat" they were so close to each other. That turned out to be a good thing, because Ike helped him out with a fish-care issue.

"I caught a fish that was bleeding and Ike got a bottle of peroxide out of his boat and threw it to me. That fish lived and I actually ended up weighing it in. The funny thing was when Ike went back and picked up his rod he had a fish on. We were on a wad of them today.

"As far as the crowds, nobody really likes fishing that way, but we're all dealing with it," he added. "The hardest part is just staying focused on what you're doing and not paying attention to somebody else."

18th: VanDam Out of Sync

> Day 2: 5, 13-15 (10, 24-15)

VanDam's 2-day total isn't an accurate indication of the quality of fish that inhabit his chosen area. He believes he's been around the winning fish all week, but said he's failed to make the right adjustments to put himself within striking distance of the leaders.

"My timing with (the fish's) movements hasn't been exactly on cue," he said. "To only catch 11 pounds yesterday was pretty unfortunate for me. I should've given myself a much better shot (at winning). I caught big ones in practice. You just have to be fortunate. When you get into an area where those fish first move up (to spawn), it can be unreal.

"It's really important to get in the right area and solidify yourself on the first day of the Classic. It took me more than an hour that first morning to really settle in, and when you're running a long way and not getting a lot of fishing time it's hard to come back from that. I just ran out of time when I finally realized what the fish were doing."

The 2011 Classic at the Louisiana Delta played right into KVD's wheelhouse with a definitive power-fishing bite. This year's Red River rendezvous is a different story. The finicky spawners have forced everyone in the field to slow down their presentations, but that didn't stop VanDam from tying on a few reaction baits.

"I'm basically just fishing shallow and throwing a variety of different stuff," he said. "I'm fishing a few different types of cover and my bait selection is based on whatever I'm looking at. If it's stumps I'll throw a squarebill or a spinnerbait, and if it's vegetation I'll use a (Strike King) Rodent or something else. It's really just about just using what's most efficient for each little area.

"I'm really having to scratch it out for my bites," he added. "I'm not in an area like Cataouatche last year where you can just sit down and kill them. I feel like I could've had about 16 pounds both days, but I don't think I've gotten enough bites to get (to that weight)."

About the probability of making a dramatic comeback on day 3, he said: "You're never 100 percent out of it because if you go out there and catch a 10-pounder, that's a whole new ballgame.

"I've got a positive attitude about (day 3). I just want to have another day to go out there, because the fun part is figuring out what the heck (the bass) are doing every day. When you figure it out and things go well, it's gratifying. I've struggled so far to do that. I want to get back out there. I'm mad at them."

23rd: J. Horton Spying Spawners

> Day 2: 3, 9-00 (8, 23-15)

Federation Nation qualifier Jamie Horton's day was hampered by a slow start. He wasn't expecting the fish in his area to make such a pronounced charge to the bank so quickly on day 2.

"I caught everything sight-fishing yesterday, but after the cold night we had I figured those fish weren't going to be shallow first thing this morning," he said. "About 10:00 I decided I'd better go look and I found a 3 1/2 and caught that one. Then I saw another 3 1/2 that I ended up catching. I found another 6-pounder that I ran out of time on, but I'll try to catch her tomorrow.

"I expect it to be better for me tomorrow," he added. "I think those fish down south are maybe a day further ahead and that's why you're seeing some of these big bags come in today. We've really missed the best part (of the spawn) by a couple days. Tuesday's going to be awesome on this river."

Horton spotted dozens of empty beds in the area he started in today.

"They were spawning like crazy in there 2 weeks ago," he noted.

He's committed to looking again tomorrow. With a night of rest he expects the 6-pounder he spied this afternoon to bite "right off the bat."

24th: Females Eluded Hackney

> Day 2: 5, 9-14 (10, 23-13)

Greg Hackney made the 70-mile run south to Pool 3 again today. He's not getting a line wet until 9:30 and he's got 3 solid hours to piece together a limit before has to make the trek back to the launch in Pool 5.

He's relying on spawning fish and said the falling water level is throwing a wrench into his plan.

"I was looking at a bunch of fish until the water fell and they left. I caught a couple today that I saw, but the water's dropped 6 inches since yesterday. All the females have left (the bank) and I've been picking off a bunch of males.

"I really don't know where they went," he added. "I pulled off into about 3 or 4 feet of water and fished some stumps, but I never found (the females)."

He'd originally intended to explore Pool 4 more during the 3-day pre-practice session, but quickly threw that plan out the window after witnessing the potential available in Pool 3. He described the far-away location as "incredible," and after seeing the area "loaded up" with 4- to 6-pounders in practice he thought at least one 20-pound limit was his for the taking. It was an area he was somewhat familiar with, but he hadn't visited it in several years and misjudged how high the water had actually gotten.

"I thought the (water) level was just about normal when I went in there (during the pre-practice period)," he noted. "All the stumps have rotted down so everything looks different and I just didn't realize how high it was. The water's fallen a solid 2 feet over the past week."

If he had it to do over again, he said he'd still take his chances in Pool 3.

"That area just suits me better. It's more of a natural type of river system down there and it reminds me a lot of what I grew up fishing in the lower Arkansas River. I can go in those oxbows and figure stuff out pretty quick."

Notable

> Day 2 stats 49 anglers, 37 limits, 3 fours, 5 threes, 3 ones, 1 zero.

Weather Forecast

> Sun., Feb. 26 - Mostly Sunny - 66/48
- Wind: From the S/SE at 11 mph

Day 2 Standings

1. Chris Lane -- Guntersville, AL -- 10, 35-08 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-04 -- Day 2: 5, 19-04

2. Greg Vinson -- Wetumpka, AL -- 10, 34-08 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-12 -- Day 2: 5, 16-12

3. Alton Jones -- Woodway, TX -- 10, 31-11 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-13 -- Day 2: 5, 17-14

4. Bobby Lane -- Lakeland, FL -- 10, 30-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-04 -- Day 2: 5, 14-08

5. Edwin Evers -- Talala, OK -- 10, 30-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-03 -- Day 2: 5, 14-04

6. Dustin Wilks -- Rocky Mount, NC -- 10, 30-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-09 -- Day 2: 5, 13-10

7. Bill Lowen -- Brookville, IN -- 10, 29-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-13 -- Day 2: 5, 14-13

8. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, AL -- 10, 29-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-14 -- Day 2: 5, 15-11

9. David Walker -- Sevierville, TN -- 10, 29-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-08 -- Day 2: 5, 12-14

10. Keith Poche -- Pike Road, AL -- 10, 29-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-13 -- Day 2: 5, 11-08

11. Keith Combs -- Huntington, TX -- 10, 28-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-09 -- Day 2: 5, 15-01

12. Timmy Horton -- Muscle Shoals, AL -- 10, 28-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-11 -- Day 2: 5, 17-14

13. Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, TX -- 10, 28-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 09-09 -- Day 2: 5, 18-12

14. Brent Chapman -- Lake Quivira, KS -- 10, 27-08 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-14 -- Day 2: 5, 15-10

15. Ott DeFoe -- Knoxville, TN -- 10, 27-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-06 -- Day 2: 5, 11-01

16. Matt Reed -- Madisonville, TX -- 10, 27-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-08 -- Day 2: 5, 12-12

17. Davy Hite -- Ninety Six, SC -- 10, 26-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-08 -- Day 2: 5, 12-14

18. Kevin VanDam -- Kalamazoo, MI -- 10, 24-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-00 -- Day 2: 5, 13-15

19. Josh Polfer -- Nampa, ID -- 10, 24-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-03 -- Day 2: 5, 13-01

20. Kevin Wirth -- Crestwood, KY -- 9, 24-04 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 08-15 -- Day 2: 5, 15-05

21. Chris Price -- Church Hill, MD -- 10, 24-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-07 -- Day 2: 5, 13-10

22. Stephen Browning -- Hot Springs, AR -- 10, 23-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-03 -- Day 2: 5, 12-12

23. Jamie Horton -- Centerville, AL -- 8, 23-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-15 -- Day 2: 3, 09-00

24. Greg Hackney -- Gonzales, LA -- 10, 23-13 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-15 -- Day 2: 5, 09-14

25. Takahiro Omori -- Emory, TX -- 10, 23-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-14 -- Day 2: 5, 09-14

The following anglers did not make the cut and will not fish on day 3.

26. Michael Iaconelli -- Pittsgrove, NJ -- 10, 23-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-07 -- Day 2: 5, 13-05

27. Jeff Kriet -- Ardmore, OK -- 10, 22-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-06 -- Day 2: 5, 12-04

28. Gerald Swindle -- Warrior, AL -- 9, 22-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 08-12 -- Day 2: 4, 13-06

29. Marty Robinson -- Lyman, SC -- 10, 21-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-08 -- Day 2: 5, 09-07

30. John Crews -- Salem, VA -- 10, 21-13 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-15 -- Day 2: 5, 09-14

31. Andrew Upshaw -- Hemphill, TX -- 10, 20-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-08 -- Day 2: 5, 07-09

32. Fletcher Shryock -- Newcomerstown, OH -- 10, 19-13 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-03 -- Day 2: 5, 09-10

33. Dean Rojas -- Lake Havasu City, AZ -- 7, 19-07 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 06-00 -- Day 2: 5, 13-07

34. Matt McCoy -- Indianapolis, IN -- 6, 19-05 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 01-14 -- Day 2: 5, 17-07

35. Jared Lintner -- Arroyo Grande, CA -- 8, 18-13 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 06-08 -- Day 2: 5, 12-05

36. Allan Glasgow -- Ashville, AL -- 10, 18-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-15 -- Day 2: 5, 07-10

37. Steve Kennedy -- Auburn, AL -- 9, 18-08 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-15 -- Day 2: 4, 06-09

38. Randy Howell -- Springville, AL -- 8, 18-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 11-11 -- Day 2: 3, 06-07

39. Terry Scroggins -- San Mateo, FL -- 8, 18-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-08 -- Day 2: 3, 03-09

40. Ish Monroe -- Hughson, CA -- 10, 16-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 09-10 -- Day 2: 5, 06-13

41. Mark Tucker -- Saint Louis, MO -- 7, 16-01 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 05-07 -- Day 2: 5, 10-10

42. Fred Roumbanis -- Bixby, OK -- 8, 15-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-10 -- Day 2: 3, 05-02

43. Kelly Pratt -- Williamsburg, VA -- 6, 13-05 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 01-13 -- Day 2: 5, 11-08

44. Denny Brauer -- Camdenton, MO -- 4, 11-13 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 08-13 -- Day 2: 1, 03-00

45. Tom Jessop -- Dalhart, TX -- 6, 11-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 10-07 -- Day 2: 1, 00-14

46. Casey D Ashley -- Donalds, SC -- 5, 09-06 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 01-11 -- Day 2: 4, 07-11

47. John Diaco -- Rochester, NH -- 5, 08-13 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 06-12 -- Day 2: 1, 02-01

48. Brandon Palaniuk -- Rathdrum, ID -- 3, 05-15 -- 0
Day 1: 0, 00-00 -- Day 2: 3, 05-15

49. Shaw E Grigsby Jr. -- Gainesville, FL -- 2, 04-05 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 04-05 -- Day 2: 0, 00-00