2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake
Cayuga Lake - Union Springs, NY, Aug 21 - 24, 2014

Day 1 will tell a big part of the story

1:56 pm EDT, Aug 21, 2014 | By Ken Duke

This may be a four-day tournament, but most of the story will be told on Day 1 for a couple of reasons. First of all, you can't afford to have a single bad day at Cayuga if you hope to (a) win the tournament and earn a Bassmaster Classic berth or (b) win Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. Anyone outside the Top 12 at the end of the day will have little chance to win the tournament, and any of the AOY leaders (top five or so) who is not in the Top 50 at the end of the day has pretty much knocked himself out of AOY contention. That's because of the second reason: Weights are going to be extremely tight. There are going to be a world of bass weighed in that go 2-4 to 2-12. Creating separation in a tournament like that is very difficult. A pound or two will likely separate 25 places in the standings. A fish that regurgitates a crawfish or perch in the livewell might drop you five or six spots. If you have one bad day at Cayuga, you're done!

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