2008 Elite Series - Tennessee Triumph Old Hickory Lake - Hendersonville, TN, Jun 26 - 29, 2008

Three Questions on Day Four 2008 Tennessee Triumph

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The remaining 12 anglers lined up on Sunday morning as rain soaked the launch dock. Many pros were busy changing their gear in preparation for the wet weather. Others sat calmly, waiting for the national anthem and the start to the final day on Old Hickory Lake.

 With first-place Kevin Wirth sitting 3 pounds, 3 ounces in the lead, second-place Rick Clunn needs a solid bag to end Wirth's wire-to-wire aspirations. With another 4-9 from second to third, some anglers feel the Tennessee Triumph trophy is out of their reach. Yet the last three days have proved that major movement on the leaderboard is possible.

 Regardless of the current points spread, all of the pros appreciate the chance to gain some much-needed Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points.

 The Top 12 anglers briefly answered the following questions from ESPNOutdoors.com

  • What do you think of the rain?
  • Is this a two-man race?
  • Has this been the year's toughest event?

     

Kevin Wirth (first, 44-13)
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 Rain?

 It's wet — a pain in the ass." 

Two-man race?

 "I'm hoping it's a one-man race."

 Toughest event?

 "I don't know, I've just been fishing. I've been fortunate to get the bites."

 Rick Clunn (second, 41-10)
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 Rain?

 "I wish it'd rain harder, just not lightning. I wish for the worst weather possible, but maybe I should watch what I wish for."

 Two-man race?

 "No, you shouldn't be trying to figure out mathematics."

 Toughest event?

 "I like what I call 'good tough lakes.' You've got to use your resources."

 Randy Howell (third, 37-1)
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 Rain?

 "I like the clouds and all, I just don't like getting wet."

 Two-man race?

 "No, I don't. I don't just say that because I want to, I say it because of this lake."

 Toughest event?

 "Yeah, it is the toughest overall fish-catching lake. But I like it when you have to work for it."

 Dean Rojas (fourth, 36-14)
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 Rain?

 "I like it."

 Two-man race?

 "No, this is a fish tournament where anything can happen. We saw a 10-pound lead go away earlier this year."

 Toughest event?

 "No. Actually, it has played right into my hands."

 Alton Jones (fifth, 36-7)
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 Rain?

 "I like it. My plan is to pursue a shallow bite, and the rain should make them bite."

 Two-man race?

 "Yeah. I mean, I won from farther back than this one, but not on Old Hickory."

 Toughest event?

 "No, it has just been a different event. This has been more of a thinking-man's game. There has never been a time where you can let your guard down and just fish one spot."

 Bill Lowen (sixth, 35-12)
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 Rain?

 "Awesome. I usually catch them in the rain."

 Two-man race?

 Yeah, probably."

 Toughest event?

 "Not for me. My hardest have been the lakes with the blueback herring."

 Michael Iaconelli (seventh, 34-14)
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 Rain?

"I don't like it. The pattern I fish is best when the sun is out."

 Two-man race?

 "In a normal situation, I'd say, 'yeah.' But here a leader could falter and someone could come from behind."

 Toughest event?

 "Absolutely, just from the stance of getting keepers."

 Ray Sedgwick (eighth, 34-11)
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 Rain?

 About like my catch yesterday, I was surprised."

 Two-man race?

 "Oh no, you aren't ever out of it."

 Toughest event?

 "Yes, not for catching fish, but for catching 14-inchers."

 Steve Daniel (ninth, 34-0)
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 Rain?

 "I like it."

 Two-man race?

 "I'm fishing for third. Ricky thrives on this kind of weather. And I can't catch Kevin; there aren't any 20-pound bags on this lake."

 Toughest event?

 "Some practices I feel really good. I felt worse in practice here, but I ended up in the top 12."

 Marty Stone (10th, 33-15)
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 Rain?

 I completely scrapped everything I was doing. I tied on eight completely different rods."

 Two-man race?

 I'm swinging for the fences. I don't have anything to lose."

 Toughest event?

 "By far. This is reality. We have been in dream land. These are the lakes where you have to be mentally tough."

 Todd Faircloth (11th, 33-8)
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 Rain?

 "I'd just as soon it'd stay away."

 Two-man race?

 Yeah, where I'm at. I definitely have got something to fish for, the Angler of the Year points. I'm trying to earn as many as possible, plus the money."

 Toughest event?

 "I'd say it has been the toughest event so far in terms of catching keepers."

 Brent Chapman (12th, 33-5)
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 Rain?

 "It's nice. It has cooled things off."

 Two-man race?

 No, absolutely not. Things can change in a hurry. The lake's got the fish in it."

 Toughest event?

 "For me, these are the types of tournaments I do well in."

 Visit Bassmaster.com for full coverage of the Elite Series Tennessee Triumph with weigh-in host Keith Alan, June 26-29, 2008. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, daily weigh-ins with live streaming video and real-time leaderboards start at 3:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, catch "Bassmaster University" at 3:00 p.m. ET before the weigh-in. Then on Sunday, get "Hooked Up" with hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona at noon and 3 p.m. ET, with the final day weigh-in and real-time leaderboard content starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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