Schultz leading again - early

Bernie Schultz led this tournament the first two days before falling to 5th place yesterday. He started today 3 pounds, 13 ounces behind leader Cory Johnston. The 66-year-old Florida native is back in the lead early this morning with 3 keepers totaling 9-4.

Schultz has enjoyed a successful 35-year tournament fishing career, but he has never won a B.A.S.S. tournament. Earlier this week, when asked what a win here would mean to him, Schultz said, “I’d like it for my family more than anything. There are so many sacrifices over 35 years of doing this. I’ve missed weddings, births, birthdays."

Photo by Andy Crawford