Still recovering from a bad case of meningitis, Mark Menendez had the strength to win the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open on West Point Lake.
Day One of the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open on West Point Lake has Terry Scroggins in the lead.
Some pundits may have found the predictions a little far-fetched. After all, how often do you see multiple limits over 30 pounds and more than 2,100 pounds of fish weighed?
"The Majors are going to be mind-blowing," said Alabama's Randy Howell. "There should be a carnival-type atmosphere similar to the Classic."
Many of the 55 anglers competing in the Bassmaster Memorial know that if they're to survive Friday's cut to 12, they'll have to pull a fairly sizable bag of fish from Eagle Mountain Lake.
Not so fast say two area tournament anglers. With Mark Menendez, the only angler to catch a limit Saturday, close behind and Mike Iaconelli and Skeet Reese less than five pounds back, Sunday's final still could provide a come-from-behind victory.
Michael Iaconelli began the Bassmaster Memorial by fishing a number of patterns and he met mixed results.
From 12 there came 6 to go on to the final day of the 2006 Bassmaster Memorial
Iaconelli's two-day total means little heading into the third day of action here in northeast Texas because his weight, along with those of the 11 other elite anglers who survived the cut, was zeroed to begin the second phase of this event.
Peter Thliveros wins the 2006 Bassmaster Major, the Memorial on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth, Texas.