With fishing conditions made difficult by low oxygen levels from a summer-long drought, only ounces separated the top positions.
The number 23 does have a tragic tale attached to it for Mark Menendez.
Reynolds' Garage & Marine Inc. was established in 1859 as a builder of horse-drawn carriages. In the 1930s, the Reynolds family built a marina, opened a storage yard and started working on wooden boats.
It's her work as a florist that has flowered into an initiative to incorporate women into a historically male-dominated sport.
Adams took over as the vice president for the Pennsylvania B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. Before that, he served as a district chairman twice. "It's just something I like to do," said Adams.
The star-studded field accounts for 15 Bassmaster Classic titles, 18 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophies and more than 200 BASS victories.
Payne's relationship with the Federation Nation has been filled with plenty of camaraderie and sales opportunities.
An engineer by trade, Kane has been fishing his whole life and started competing in tournaments about 16 years ago. He joined the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation in 1991 and has made the Connecticut state team a couple times.
Dan Brovarney is a long time supporter of the Wisconsin Federation Nation, and he puts his money where his mouth is.
Fishing his Carolina rig Do Nothing worm along a sandbar, Chancellor caught seven-bass limits during the first hour of fishing each of the first two days.