Garrett Paquette needed a good start after finishing 24th on Day 1 with only three bass weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. And he got it, according to BASSTrakk. Paquette landed a 3-pound, 4-ounce bass at 7:32 to become the first pro angler on the board today.
It was the size of the bass, more than the timing of the catch, that will ultimately be important. Of the 111 bass weighed-in by the 28 pros yesterday, the average weight was 2.25 pounds.
Paquette is trying to maintain third-place in the Eastern Open point standings and earn a berth in the Bassmaster Classic. John Cox of Debary, Fla., is the only angler who can bump him from that spot. But he has to overcome a 19-point deficit to Paquette. Cox had a tough Day 1 as well, finishing 23rd.
Maybe, under these drastically different weather conditions, Paquette's catch is an omen for a better day for everyone at Table Rock Lake, where only 10 pros weighed a 5-bass limit yesterday.