Cloud cover, steady winds and generally warming water temperatures no doubt boosted the field as a whole.
We asked the final 12 to share what patterns and lures they used to make the cut and what was the single greatest factor in their success.
Jared Lintner asked Kennedy, "Why are you shaking? Is it because you're about to win?"
Just before daybreak on what could be the biggest day of his career, Greg Gutierrez was rummaging in a compartment in the bow of his boat, looking into a tackle box, rustling plastic sacks.
What are the thoughts of the 12 anglers remaining in the Golden State Shootout?
His bag bulged like a college student's laundry sack. He might as well have been submerging a suitcase.
Smoe pros tell us what they never leave home without.
Day Two of the 2006 Elite Series Battle on the Border has Edwin Evers leading the pack.
Highlights from Day One of the 2006 Elite Series on Lake Amistad.