The father of a 7-month-old son and owner of a car dealership — two factors that keep him too busy to compete as much as he'd like to — Ippoliti, 44, posted close to 15 pounds each day, a consistency he credited to a technique which he preferred not to discuss.
All five of those teams caught limits on Day Two, and all were in the top five after Day One, just in a slightly different arrangement.
Working in a hospital over the course of his four years back in his hometown of Spartanburg, the USC Upstate Senior had many life experiences helping the elderly and the infirmed.
"Fortunately, er, unfortunately, I'm an inch taller than him," said the diminuitive Weldon, who helped the Crimson Tide to a 9-pound, 6-ounce first day. "He's my mentor. I just wanted to make him proud."
"It's going to be tougher today," he said. "We need to get on them early. Early and quick and big … We need to try again to see if yesterday was a fluke."
Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., took the lead Thursday at the season finale of the 2007 Bassmaster Southern Open out of Decatur, Ala.
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Movies have the Oscars. Musicians have the Grammys. And magazines, in case you were wondering, have the Eddies.
Now I'll admit that I find it hard to really slow down the way some guys do, but if you're willing to learn my power finesse method, you'll see that you really can fish fast and do it slowly. You'll even catch more bass doing it.