2013 Bassmaster Classic Grand Lake O' the Cherokees - Tulsa, OK, Feb 22 - 24, 2013

What's my motivation?

11:07 am CST, Feb 24, 2013 | By Trey Reid

Starting the final day in 25th place beats watching your colleagues from the dock, but at some point you have to admit that you're out of contention to win this thing.

 

So how do you motivate yourself if you're Tommy Biffle, who squeaked past the cut line in the 25th and final place in Sunday's round?

 

"You try not to end up in 25th," Biffle said. "You don't want to have to be in the show explaining why you didn't catch them. And you want to beat Ish so you can tease him the rest of the season."

 

That's Ish Monroe, who entered today in 24th place. Monroe said his motivation is just to have fun.

 

"That's what this is about," he said. "If you get stressed or bummed about being in 24th place, you have to remember there are a lot worse things you could be doing right now than fishing the last day of the Classic."

 

Boyd Duckett said he pondered the question last night.

 

"It's a hard place to be," Duckett said. "You have to figure out how to motivate yourself. But it's a good opportunity on a big stage to do what we try to do all year, and that's finish as high as you can. You fish the third day as hard as you do the first because you're a professional."

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