After one day it's apparent the competition for those top-12 spots will be fierce. With 55 fishermen in the field, only 2 pounds separates fourth place and 20th place in this second of three Bassmaster Major events.
If Wolak maintains his lead in today's finale of the Bassmaster American, he will be the first angler in eight days of BASS competition on Lake Wylie to hold the lead for more than one day.
Brit Meyers, an Elite Series rookie, was disappointed he didn't qualify for the event on his home lake, but he has high hopes for another angler, Jason Quinn.
"The only home field advantage I see right now is I won't get lost. I know where all the places are, and I know how to get there and get back."
"It had the right ingredients. It had some deep water and it had some shallow water with lots of cover. I just made a pass through there with a little water movement."
"It's one of the first ones I've made in a real long time," said VanDam. "It cost me a really good fish. That's how you learn though."
Consider, only two limits of five fish were brought to the scales Thursday. Seventeen anglers managed to land only one keeper fish and 11 other anglers were shut out completely.
Several of the final few anglers who came to the scales during the second day of this Major championship reversed that trend. And there were some of the sport's biggest names among them.
Three more Classic and five more Elite qualifiers to be determined after Northern Tour finale on Smith Mountain Lake