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Marty Robinson caught fish after fish today on Toledo Bend. The bite was hot today!
If you've ever wondered about the "hot seat" on the stage at an Elite Series event or Bassmaster Classic, you might be interested to know that it comes by its name honestly. The hot seat is actually heated to a balmy 135 degrees to make the angler sitting on it more than a little uncomfortable. That, along with the professional pressure of leading a major tournament, is why the guy sitting in it squirms so much.
Because this one might be close, you'll be interested to know about Rule C20 of the Official Rules of the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series. It provides as follows: "In case of a tie for first place weight in the Pro division at the end of the tournament, there will be a fish-off between the tied competitors under the direction and special rules established by tournament officials."
Despite the close calls at Toledo Bend in recent years — the last two tournaments ended regulation with a combined separation between first and second place of exactly 1 ounce — the lake is actually better known for blowouts than close calls. In 13 previous B.A.S.S. events (including the Niggemeyer and Rojas wins that were impossibly tight), six had margins of victory of 10 pounds or greater, and three of them were by more than 16 pounds.
Brent Chapman and Cliff Pace are fishing within eye-sight of each other, and trading the lead back and forth.