"The Majors are the way we need to go to increase exposure for the sport ... everything is headed in the right direction," said Rick Clunn, a 29-time Classic qualifier.
"The Majors are going to be mind-blowing," said Alabama's Randy Howell. "There should be a carnival-type atmosphere similar to the Classic."
Due to low lake levels that currently exist on Lake Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, BASS is relocating Days 3 and 4 of the Bassmaster Memorial, to Lake Benbrook.
The Bassmaster Memorial is the first of three Majors to highlight BASS' top anglers and reward our fans with an expanded outdoors consumer expo, similar to that of the Classic.
Bassmaster.com asked local tournament anglers Mark Perry and Chad Tregellas what to expect from the qualifiers-only event that will award the winner $250,000.
The action figures to lean toward a post-spawn bite. Huge bags, which were seen in earlier tour stops this year, don't figure to be the norm here, however.
"You basically have to fish those places that look fishy and don't give up until one bites."
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.
2006 Major - Memorial: Day Two results
Mark Perry and Chad Tregellas said they anticipated weights would be down from Day One, but they didn't think only 15 anglers would eclipse 10 pounds.