Open: Gallant gains the Day 2 lead

CLAYTON, N.Y. — Cooper Gallant’s Day 2 limit of 25 pounds, 2 ounces was right about where his practice results indicated he’d be, but an unexpected Day 1 bonus positioned him to take the Day 2 lead of the Bassmaster Northern Open at the St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands.

Placing second on Day 1 with 27 pounds — 7 ounces behind first-round leader Cal Climpson — Gallant said he was surprised at that weight because he came into the tournament targeting the 25-pound mark. Topping the field with a two-day total of  52-2, the Bowmanville, Canada, pro enters Championship Saturday with a 1 1/2-pound lead over Bassmaster Elite angler Cory Johnston, who sits in second with 50-10.