Story by Brent Conway & Mark Jeffreys / Photos by Mark Jeffreys
Lakeport, CA – With all of the pre-tournament speculation over the possibility of record-breaking wining weight being confirmed Thursday at Clear Lake’s Golden State Shootout, the talk Friday was just how big they might get. Anglers Thursday spoke of catching over 50 bass en route to culling up to their final day one weight, and everyone agreed that Friday could be magical.
Every man in the field Thursday brought a limit to the scales, and anything under 20 pounds a day wouldn’t even get you into Friday’s cut. In fact, before the day began, all the way down to 28th place had a legitimate shot to reach the top spot – all it would take is one (very probable) big bite for the lead to change.