Final seven qualify through Series, Federation Nation championships
On a day when weather wreaked havoc on his closest pursuers, Luke Clausen of Washington state put the finishing touches on a rare wire-to-wire victory in the 36th annual Bassmaster Classic on Lake Tohopekaliga, FL. Classic was held Feb. 24-26, 2006.
Bassmaster.com asked local tournament anglers Mark Perry and Chad Tregellas what to expect from the qualifiers-only event that will award the winner $250,000.
Not so fast say two area tournament anglers. With Mark Menendez, the only angler to catch a limit Saturday, close behind and Mike Iaconelli and Skeet Reese less than five pounds back, Sunday's final still could provide a come-from-behind victory.
After one day it's apparent the competition for those top-12 spots will be fierce. With 55 fishermen in the field, only 2 pounds separates fourth place and 20th place in this second of three Bassmaster Major events.
Day Two of the 2006 Bassmaster American at Lake Wylie has Timmy Horton at the top of the leaderboard.
If Wolak maintains his lead in today's finale of the Bassmaster American, he will be the first angler in eight days of BASS competition on Lake Wylie to hold the lead for more than one day.
"It had the right ingredients. It had some deep water and it had some shallow water with lots of cover. I just made a pass through there with a little water movement."
Consider, only two limits of five fish were brought to the scales Thursday. Seventeen anglers managed to land only one keeper fish and 11 other anglers were shut out completely.
Several of the final few anglers who came to the scales during the second day of this Major championship reversed that trend. And there were some of the sport's biggest names among them.