A fighting chance

There are 12 anglers left at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic Wild Card presented by Star Tron at Lake Okeechobee, but they're far from equal when it comes to their chances of winning. Shaye Baker's lead is nearly 6 pounds — far from insurmountable, but a pretty solid margin.


I figure you need to be within 10 pounds of Baker's 48-14 to have a legitimate chance of catching him today. Any further back and you have two problems — making up the gap and leapfrogging the contenders between you and the lead. Going into the final round of Elite events, no angler has ever made up a margin greater than the weight of a daily big bass — at least not in Elite competition.


Of course, this isn't an Elite event, so don't try telling Arnie Lane he can't eclipse the 13-9 lead Baker has over him. Arnie's going to do all he can to make that leap … and he has the experience on Okeechobee to do it, too.

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