Auten keeping it simple

A dizzying array of lures are typically used by the pros in the high-stakes B.A.S.S. competitions. Surprisingly, the lure lineup that you'll see in the post-Classic Top Lures gallery is simple. Todd Auten's lure lineup is an example.

A 1/2-ounce Z-Man Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer, and 1/2-ounce Strike King Red Eye Shad are seeing a lot of action this week on Lake Guntersville.

Those lures are logical choices. Auten gets a mostly vertical and slow presentation with the bladed jig, while a reaction bite comes with the lipless crankbait.

Blaylock needs wind

With the sun out the water is starting to heat up, but until a moment ago it was dead slick calm. Then the wind kicked up and almost immediately Blaylock hooked up with a solid keeper. He had to work the culling tools for a while. 

At this point, cookie cutters are a confidence booster, but they won't help him win. He needs the wind to blow in a couple of giants.

Video: Super Six - Hank Cherry

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Classic prize money breakdown

The 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk has more than $1,000,000 in prize money. As is befitting of the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, this is the most prize money of any tournament.

Here's the breakdown:

1st$300,000
2nd$50,000
3rd$40,000
4th:$30,000
5th$25,000
6th$22,000
7th$21,500
8th$21,000
9th$20,500
10th$20,000
11th$15,000
12th$15,000
13th$15,000
14th$15,000
15th$15,000
16th$13,000
17th$13,000
18th$13,000
19th$13,000
20th$13,000
21st$13,000
22nd$13,000
23rd$13,000
24th$13,000
25th$13,000
26th-53rd$10,000
Total $1,037,500
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Video: Super Six - John Crews

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Cherry has been up, down, up already

We're not even halfway through the final day of the Bassmaster Classic and leader Hank Cherry has been on an emotional rollercoaster. The BASSTrakk leaderboard has been a rollercoaster as well.

Cherry, who started the day with a 4-pound,13-ounce lead, fell all the way to fourth place in the first hour on BASSTrakk, as Todd Auten, John Crews and Stetson Blaylock had early flurries.

Cherry wasn't aware of that. But he was quite cognizant of the jerkbait-hooked bass he lost near the boat. It was a reminder of the potential 2013 Classic winner that Cherry lost on a jerkbait at Grand Lake. However, Cherry's spirits have been on the upswing since. He's got a limit weighing 15-4, unofficially, and he's back in the lead with a substantial margin.

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A look back at Cherry’s close miss

In 2016, the Daily Limit revisited Hank Cherry’s close miss in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. At the time, Cherry said this was the one question he’s been asked the most: What was it like to lose the potential winning fish in a Bassmaster Classic? 

The 46-year-old from Lincolnton, N.C., is doing his all to have a new question asked of him. Take a look at Cherry’s close miss.

Making a move

We left Brandon Card to drop off Steve Bowman's photo gallery at the media trailer. On the way we passed Hank Cherry and his spectator gallery.

Now we have moved to Stetson Blaylock in the vicinity of Aired Marina. He has six spectator boats on him and quickly rewarded us with a fish catch.

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I need a pig sooie

Here in the land of "Roll Tide," Steve Bowman feels a bit out of sorts. He let out an impromptu "Woo pig sooie" and fellow Arkie Stetson Blaylock, fishing just 30 yards away, picked up on it. "I need a pig sooie," he responded.

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