Cherry hits minimum goal

Defending Bassmaster Classic champion Hank Cherry said earlier this morning that 25 pounds was his top-end goal today and his minimum was 17 pounds. Cherry was short of that minimum and one bass short of a limit for over three hours. So what did he do? No shocker there, as Cherry went to a riprap bank and started throwing a jerkbait. It’s a combo that served him well at the Lake Guntersville Classic last year.

“That was a gift from God,” Cherry said, after boating a 2 3/-4 pounder that gives him 17-12 and has him in third place at 12:30. “He was swimming along the surface chasing shad."