Despite Comfortable Lead, Florida's Chris Lane Falters, Finishes Second
Lane avoids local pressure and separates himself from the pack
Co-angler race comes down to the difference between a blunder and a miracle
After weights generally increased Friday from Day One, the forecasted cloudless skies and calm conditions were bound to put a premium on the early morning bite.
Brian Hugdins said: "I had a seven pounder and a six pounder next to the boat today, but when I reached down to get them, they spit the bait."
It's easy to get caught up in the competition and miss the experience, but the co-anglers in the Pride of Georgia were reminded Friday of why they are there.
Cloud cover, steady winds and generally warming water temperatures no doubt boosted the field as a whole.
Of all the big names who struggled Thursday, none was bigger than VanDam, the two-time Classic champ who couldn't even manage to boat a limit from Clarks Hill Lake.
Famed Big-Bass Factory Awaits Nation's Top Anglers.