The two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, brought in consecutive 30-pound plus limits during the first two days of competition.
Just before daybreak on what could be the biggest day of his career, Greg Gutierrez was rummaging in a compartment in the bow of his boat, looking into a tackle box, rustling plastic sacks.
What are the thoughts of the 12 anglers remaining in the Golden State Shootout?
"I was scared today," he said, flashing intermittent smiles as he held the trophy and answered questions from the media.
His bag bulged like a college student's laundry sack. He might as well have been submerging a suitcase.
ESPNOutdoors.com asked them what lures and patterns were most productive for you this week? And what was the single biggest factor for your success this week?
No angler is hotter, but several are close enough to give Gutierrez a tight chase.
The three questions posed to anglers were: What will be the 12-man cut weight? Who other than leader Greg Gutierrez has the best chance of winning? And to what extent are you using swimbaits?
"I just had a great partner who put me on fish, and I was lucky enough out of the back of the boat to get some," White said of Elite pro Jimmy Mason. "He left me quite a bit of water."
LAKEPORT, Calif. — OK, now we can start talking records. For a second straight day, the anglers of the Bassmaster Elite Series lugged copious amounts of portly largemouths out of Clear Lake on Friday, and speculation that the Golden State Shootout presented by Evan Williams Bourbon would produce a BASS record for biggest winning weight began to take on more credence.