Just after the top 10 Elite Series anglers launched at 5:25 a.m. CDT today, another tournament began the takeoff process at Lakepoint State Park Marina. It's the annual Alabama Children's Classic Bass Tournament, which has a history dating to 2001. That event will have an effect on today's DEWALT Bassmaster Elite finale. Just how much is the question.
"It's going to affect every one of us," said Drew Cook, who is in third place, 4 pounds, 4 ounces behind leader Scott Canterbury. "And the bad thing is that all the people that are fishing that tournament were watching all of us catch our fish (Friday).
"It's going to be a different deal. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody takes a left out of here, runs way up the river and does something off the wall to win this tournament. Hopefully not. I'm not going to."