The $10,000 ounce

One ounce was expected to be the difference between earning $10,000 Friday or going home with nothing, and it was. David Fritts, the former Bassmaster Classic champion, had the ten-grand difference-maker yesterday with a two-day total of 25-2. With 110 anglers, the two-day cut was made at 51st place. 

Two accomplished Elite Series pros were tied with 25-1, Ish Monroe and Jacob Powroznik. It had to be a particularly tough exit for Monroe, who caught only three keepers weighing 9-9, after weighing 15-8 on Day 1.