Co-angler race comes down to the difference between a blunder and a miracle
After weights generally increased Friday from Day One, the forecasted cloudless skies and calm conditions were bound to put a premium on the early morning bite.
Brian Hugdins said: "I had a seven pounder and a six pounder next to the boat today, but when I reached down to get them, they spit the bait."
It's easy to get caught up in the competition and miss the experience, but the co-anglers in the Pride of Georgia were reminded Friday of why they are there.
Cloud cover, steady winds and generally warming water temperatures no doubt boosted the field as a whole.
Of all the big names who struggled Thursday, none was bigger than VanDam, the two-time Classic champ who couldn't even manage to boat a limit from Clarks Hill Lake.
Famed Big-Bass Factory Awaits Nation's Top Anglers.
Day One of the Pride of Georgia presented by Evan Williams Bourbon, Clark Hills Lake.
Pride of Georgia, 2007, Elite Series, Georgia, Clarks Hill Lake, Chris Lane, Mike McClelland, Casey Ashley, Derek Remitz, Skeet Reese, Steve Kennedy, Ken Cook, Scott Campbell, Matt Amedo
Co-anglers suffer on a day when pros struggle on Clarks Hill Lake