To see the selection of lures Chris Lane had tied on this morning as he readied for the start of Day 3, you'd have thought he was back home on Lake Guntersville, Ala. Lane, the reigning Bassmaster Classic Champion, had two punch baits tied to flipping sticks and two floating Snag Proof frogs on his other rods. He whispered to me after the weigh-in yesterday that bass were starting to blow up through thick grass mats here on Oneida in the afternoon. He was thrilled. He credits the frog fish he caught yesterday to enabling him to fish another round on Oneida.
He's in 39th place with 25-14. Lane is already "triple qualified" for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. He's earned berths as defending champion, as winner of a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open and for ranking high on the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year list. But knowing him, I think he's excited about fishing today just to have a chance to catch bass on frogs.