"The fish are biting really well," said Lake Wylie resident and South Carolina pro Jason Quinn. "It's going to change a lot between now and the Classic, though.
Both Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount and Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia are excited to see the world championship of bass fishing in their home state.
As Brauer enjoyed the view from atop bass-fishing's highest mountains, a wild wave smashed into his boat while he competed in a 1999 tournament on Lake St. Clair near Detroit.
They were eight of the most precious hours of the year for pros competing in the 34th annual Bassmaster Classic, yet none of the casts made during Wednesday's practice round even counted.
Thirty-four-year-old Takahiro Omori, a two-time Classic contender now living in Emory, Texas, became the first Japanese angler to lead the prestigious three-day world championship.
Japanese pro Takahiro Omori conjured up some last-minute heroics Sunday to become the first non-American to win the Bassmaster Classic and capture the sport's world championship title.
The large crowds on Lake Wylie were a factor FOR THE 2004 cLASSIC
It was a day of contrasts in Charlotte for 2004 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Wylie