It was as if the boisterous Ike fans felt their voices could pull their hometown guy up from 21st place.
At the championship — held on Chatuge Reservoir in northeast Georgia, July 31-Aug. 2 — college anglers will compete for scholarships, bragging rights and a chance at the coveted 2015 Bassmaster Classic berth.
The Bassmaster BASSfest finale appears to be a two-man contest between Jacob Wheeler and Matt Herren, separated by only a pound and an ounce, both full of confidence.
Even with the cushion of a 12-pound lead, Chris Lane plans to work just as hard on the final day, admitting "anything can happen" on a big-fish factory like the St. John's River.
Two official B.A.S.S. Nation High School events, the Open and the Championship, will take place in Tennessee this summer.
And the location for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic is...
B.A.S.S. and South Carolina officials, including Gov. Nikki R. Haley, announced in a special press conference that Greenville and Lake Hartwell have been selected as the sites for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.