By securing a limit here on Day 2, Brandon McMillan likely just punched his ticket for the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series. Task number one of the week, check. A short but heartfelt sigh of relief from McMillan and now it's on to task number two, win this Open. Doing so would not only send McMillan to the 2016 Geico Bassmaster Classic but also make it virtually impossible for anyone to beat him in the Southern Opens AOY race. With a 5th place finish at the season opener on Toho and a 4th place finish at the only other Southern Open so far held on the Alabama River, McMillan would have been tough to chase down provided he finished the season well this week. He started the day in second.
With an estimated 9-pounds in the box right now, he's probably already made the Top 12 here. And he still has the best 6 hours of fishing ahead of him thanks to his late flight number. Nothing but opportunity in front of a guy who's been known to seize it before.