Keep in mind that we’re really watching two races today: the race to win the Classic and the race to make the top-25 cut.
Win the Classic:
Iaconelli has another decent limit, but his largest right now is 3 pounds (he has two of them). Watching BASSTrakk early in the morning, quality is better than quantity. Cliff Pace (co-leader with Ike coming into today) has two bass that go 7 pounds, and he’ll probably use both of them on the weigh-in stage this afternoon.
Currently sandwiched in between Iaconelli and Pace right now is Brandon Palaniuk, but it’s a bit misleading. Palaniuk has a limit that goes 15-9, which is great, but the larger the limit, the harder it is to upgrade. He’s obviously on something good, but he needs to find a way to make that 15-9 a 19-5. It’s a lot easier to get creative, though, when you have almost 16 pounds swimming in the livewell.
VanDam is just plodding along (for lack of a better word) with a sack of 2-pounders.
I don’t mean to downplay the importance of a limit or he peace of mind it might bring to an angler, but when you’re talking winning a Classic, limits are assumed. It’s the type of limit that’s important.
Make the Cut:
Sitting on the cutline right now is Marty Robinson with 18-8 (two-day total). If you want to go with the traditional x2(-2) formula to find the cut line, it should finish around 22 pounds, 10 ounces.
When you consider that, according to BASSTrakk, Chris Lane already has 19 pounds, 6 ounces, he might actually have a shot at making the cut. What an incredible comeback that would be – he’s currently 22nd in the BASSTrakk standings.
However it unfolds, it’s going to be incredibly close. There are 13 anglers within a pound and a half of Robinson right now.