The average catch of each 2012 Bassmaster Classic qualifier on Day One was 11.12 pounds, fifth best in history. The most productive Classic in history was right here on the Red River in 2009. That year the average daily catch was 12.43 pounds.
The average bass on Day One of the 2012 Classic weighed 2.56 pounds. That's sixth best all-time. The best ever was on the St. Lawrence River in 1980 when the average bass weighed 2.93 pounds.
This is shaping up to be one of the closest Classics in history. It's the first time that the top two spots have been separated by a single ounce. The previous closest Day One was in 1974 when the legendary Roland Martin led the championship by 2 ounces. He ended up finishing sixth.
The biggest comeback from a Day One deficit occurred in 1972. Don Butler was mired in 14th place, 12 pounds and 13 ounces off the lead, but he came back to win.
If Keith Poche can hold on to win, he'll become the ninth youngest Bassmaster Classic champion in history at 30 years, 7 months and 19 days. The youngest ever was Stanley Mitchell in 1981. He was 21 years, 5 months and 19 days old. Ott DeFoe, currently fifth is the youngest angler near the top of the current leaderboard. If he goes on to win, he'd be the fifth youngest champion ever at 26 years, 5 months and 9 days.
Keith Poche could become the ninth Bassmaster Classic rookie to win the title. The other rookie champs were Bobby Murray (1971), Rayo Breckenridge (1973), Tommy Martin (1974), Jack Hains (1975), Stanley Mitchell (1981), Charlie Reed (1986), David Fritts (1993) and Boyd Duckett (2007).
Eleven (11) Day One Classic leaders have gone on to win the championship (27%). Seven of them went wire-to-wire, never relinquishing the lead. The wire-to-wire winners were Rick Clunn (1977 and 1984), Hank Parker (1979), Bo Dowden (1980), Stanley Mitchell (1981), Jay Yelas (2002) and Luke Clausen (2006).
Fifty-four percent of eventual Classic champions were in the top five after Day One. Ninety-three percent were in the top 10.
In Bassmaster Classic history, there have been seven times that the Day One leader also caught the day's biggest bass and went on to win: Rick Clunn (1976 and 1977), Stanley Mitchell (1981), George Cochran (1997), Jay Yelas (2002), Kevin VanDam (2005) and Boyd Duckett (2007).
Fifty-eight percent of eventual Bassmaster Classic champions were leading the tournament after Day Two; 78 percent were in first or second place and 95 percent were in the top five.