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.
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.
"Let me tell you, it kills VanDam to have to pay me a dollar."
Michael Iaconelli began the Bassmaster Memorial by fishing a number of patterns and he met mixed results.