The longest run
Clearly, one of the longest runs of the day belongs to Steve Kennedy, who traveled almost as far as he could in a fiberglass bass boat up the river.
"I'm running as far as I can, until I start hitting something," Kennedy said. "Those sand bars are only 2 feet deep and I'm afraid to go any further. My Marshal thought we were almost to Sacramento."
The long run paid off for Kennedy. After bringing in two consistent bags, he sits in 27th place with 24 pounds, 5 ounces. On top of that, he was one of the few anglers to weigh in spotted bass.
"I weighed in three spotted bass today that I caught from my spot way up river," Kennedy said. "I haven't been staying there all day, because I know they weren't the quality of fish to win, but I survived and got a check."
Making the cut has been a big improvement for Kennedy, who finished 61st the last time the Elite Series visited the Delta.
A case of revenge
No sooner had Guy Eaker boated a 2-pound bass on Day Two of the TroKar Duel in the Delta, then it turned around and hooked Eaker right back.
"I reached down to grab the fish and the stinger hook got me," Eaker said. "It was plumb out of sight, about as far as it would go."
Eaker took a pair of needle-nose pliers and yanked the hook out so he could get back to fishing, but his hand was still bloody when he arrived at the weigh-in.
"I got the fish, that's all that matters," Eaker said.
As close as it gets
Mike McClelland made the first cut to fish Saturday by a single ounce.
After only bringing in three fish on Day One, McClelland rebounded in a big way on Friday, catching 14-8. His 19-11 catch was one ounce more than Ish Monroe.
"I made it by only one ounce, so there were a few key fish that did it for me today," McClelland said. "I culled all day and was fortunate to have a few fish that were pushing three pounds. That really helped."
After Day One, the cut weight was just over 6 pounds. At a normal tournament, that weigh might double to determine who fishes on Saturday, but on the Delta this year, it tripled.
"The difference for me was an 8-pounder." — Russ Lane, on why his bag was so much lighter on Day Two.
"It's hard fishing when you know you are pretty much screwed when you get there and you are too far away to do anything else." — Kelly Jordon, on realizing the tide was killing his bite after making a long run.
"I knew I was in bad shape when I came back in and caught one right near the check in. I was feeling sick because I knew they were catching them." — Aaron Martens, knowing the overcast conditions helped fishing on Day Two