Angler of the Year points, the intense heat and just plain anticipation have the pros anxious to start the Elite Series Capital Clash.
Here's what the Elite Series anglers had to say about their second day on Lake Erie.
So a bunch of pro bass fishermen were playing Texas hold 'em in a Buffalo hotel room and, lo and behold, a fishing tournament broke out.
The winds blew, the waves crested and the Bassmaster Elite Series pros dragged scads of smallmouth bass across the scales.
Takahiro Omori's dreams have come true, winning the 2004 Bassmaster Classic.
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."
The temperature rise could bring largemouth bass into play in the pros' strategies despite the fact that Lay Lake has a large population of spotted bass.
Jared Lintner asked Kennedy, "Why are you shaking? Is it because you're about to win?"
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.
His bag bulged like a college student's laundry sack. He might as well have been submerging a suitcase.