As you might imagine, Day One leader Shaye Baker didn't get much sleep last night. Catching 29 1/2 pounds will do that to a young guy trying to earn a Bassmaster Classic spot. "I napped for about five minutes every 30 minutes," Baker said. Day Two of the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card Tournament presented by Star Tron dawned just like Day One - cloudless, except for the hovering herd of giant mosquitoes. I think I'm going to need a blood transfusion. I'm feeling about a quart low.
Shaye Baker's 9-1 lunker on Day One was a great fish, but not the largest ever weighed in at a B.A.S.S. event on Okeechobee. At the 1986 Florida Invitational, Larry Wright boated a 10-14 that still stands as the biggest. There have been five other lunkers over 10 pounds, most recently a 10-1 by Kyle Fox at the 2010 Southern Open. Don't be surprised if someone tops Baker's lunker on Day Two. Nine pounds and an ounce isn't usually enough to claim big bass honors here.
Elite Series Pro Britt Myers double checking his gear before heading out on Day One.
Alabama angler throwing himself quite a party ...
See how the anglers fared on the first day of the the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card on Lake Okeechobee.
Alabama's Shaye Baker picked a good day to catch the biggest bass and biggest five-bass limit of his life.
Phil Thalheimer submitted this fan photo of his live stream of the weigh-in. Missed it? Check out the leaderboard here.
With the last spot on the line for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, the stakes are high today at Okeechobee.
It's a common expression among tournament anglers: If I can just get a big bite. Well, Shaye Baker got a big bite about 1 o'clock - a 10-pounder. Baker thinks he has about 22 pounds for the day.
Some technical difficulties prevented me from blogging on Lake Okeechobee this morning, so let me try to get you caught up as to what's happening today.