The importance of a good start

The tournament leaders have both been here before. Aaron Martens — likely the best natural fisherman in professional angling — has led Day 1 of an Elite event two previous times (Falcon in 2008 and Douglas earlier this year), but didn't win either of them. Dean Rojas led at Toledo Bend after two days last year and went on to win. Both have won two Elite events.


So far this year, the angler leading after two days has won every event but one. Jeremy Starks was in third place after the second day at Douglas Lake and went on to win. Similarly, the Day 3 leader has won every time but one — Starks was second after Day 3 on Douglas.


Elite tournaments are not generally events where big comebacks happen, but this leaderboard is a little volatile because the fishing's been tough. The top 20 have all limited both days, but if an angler comes to the scales with just three or four bass today, his chances of winning are done. It's not a situation where we're likely to see any big moves upward on the leaderboard, but there may be some anglers who take a tumble if they can't catch a limit today.