When I look at the top of the leaderboard, the most exciting part of today's action is that a bunch of Classic would-be first-time winners pack the Super 6. For any of these guys, winning the Classic would be the realization of a life-long dream. Chris Lane and Greg Vinson head the list, two likable young anglers that have the best shot at taking home their first title. Bobby Lane, Edwin Evers and Dustin Wilks have been around the game just as long if not longer and are still searching for their first triumph on the Classic stage.
The lone wolf in that pack is Alton Jones. He won the Classic on Hartwell in 2008 and had a good finish the next year here on the Red River. He's fishing the same spot and it produced a big comeback bag for him on the final day in 2009. Similar magic will be needed to erase a nearly 4-pound deficit to Lane.
We have a great coverage team on the water and should have all these guys on our radars at some point. Eric and I will be on Edwin Evers down in Pool 4. While we don't know exactly where he is starting, we know he has been down in Sullivan's and the New Jungle mostly.
This morning dawned very similar to yesterday with chilly temperatures and no wind. As the day wore on yesterday, the winds picked up a little, but not much. Today might get a little more brisk late, but should start off ideal for sight fishing.
We are on our way to Coushatta, where we will then give chase to the anglers as they come through. Throw some questions at me and I'll try to answer them all throughout the day. I don't like to give away much about exact locations and baits as the tournament goes on, but on the final day, all will be revealed.