A fling and a prayer

Much has been made of the fishermen who punched their tickets to Guntersville at this derby, and rightly so. But there are four anglers on the water today whose only chance to qualify for the Classic is to win this tournament. Derek Remitz, Nate Wellman, Jeremy Starks and Kotaro Kiriyama have all had tough seasons, but they could be salvaged in a big way by winning here and earning a trip to the Classic through B.A.S.S.' win-and-you're-in (WAYI) format. Like that or not, it certainly adds some drama to the proceedings. Of this year's Elite champs, only Brandon Palaniuk needed WAYI to be Classic-bound. Jason Christie squeaked in by virtue of double qualifiers. They rest of the Elite tournament winners earned their berths through AOY points.

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