Three questions


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As the anglers were readying for the Day One launch of the Bassmaster Classic on the Red River, Bassmaster.com stopped them to ask three questions:

— What will the leading weight be on Day One?
— What pool are you going to be fishing first today?
— How is this morning different for you from any other tournament morning?

Skeet Reese
• 22 pounds, 7 ounces
• Pool 5
• Spectator boats will be the main difference. This is a 50-man field, that's all it is. If you treat it like a major-league tournament, you are putting pressure on yourself and if you treat it like any other tournament then that's what it'll be. I prefer not to build up the hype any more.

Bill Lowen
• Low 20s
• Pool 4
• It's cold. It's the big show — what everyone lives for — it doesn't get any better than this.

Mike Iaconelli
• 22-something
• Pool 4
• It's almost 10 years exactly since I won here and launched my career — it's anniversary morning.

Jami Fralick
• 21 pounds, 4 ounces
• Pool 4
• It's the first day of the Bassmaster Classic. In three days someone will be crowned champion.

Mike McClelland
• 21 pounds, 10 ounces
• Pool 5
• It's the Bassmaster Classic man. This is probably the most relaxed I've been at a Classic. I just have a good feeling about this one.

Davy Hite
• 20 pounds
• Pool 5
• It's our world championship. I've been fortunate to win one of these things and nothing can describe the feeling when you are standing on the stage on the final day and they announce that you have just won the Bassmaster Classic. It's almost like utopia, when you fish all your life and you get to stand there on stage as champion. In that moment you feel joy, relief and a certain calmness almost.

Scott Rook
• 18-20 pounds
• Pool 4
• It's the Classic, the Super Bowl of bass fishing.

Mike Burns
• 24 pounds
• Pool 5
• I'm trying not to, but obviously, it's a big one. Everything is different, but this is a winner-take-all event for me. I'm after first place, but anything else will still be a good experience.

Greg Hackney
• At least 20 pounds
• I can't tell you what pool I'm fishing. It's like the kiss of death if I told you.
• This is my home state. I'm about four hours away, but I'm the only guy from Louisiana and rather than having more pressure, it gets me really fired up. I'm going to have a big crowd to cheer me on, so I just want to be in contention going into the final day.

Bobby Lane
• 23 pounds
• Pool 4
• The whole atmosphere — the bus ride — you just don't get a number and show up. It's what you dream about every year.

Kenyon Hill
• 23 pounds
• 2, the second one down, whatever that is.
• This is just another tournament.

Dustin Wilks
• 22 pounds
• Pool 3 eventually
• This is my return to action after my elbow injury and prove I still can do it.

Mark Davis
• 19 pounds, 8 ounces
• Pool 5
• Cold. If it bothers me, it's probably bothering the fish and if it's bothering the fish then that bothers me.

Peter T
• 1 ounce more than the guy in second. I really don't have a clue, if you want an educated guess then I would say 18 pounds, 5 ounces. I'm sure that someone could come up with that much.
• Pool 5
• This is pretty much business as usual. I like to get up pretty early and give myself time to stretch and get ready physically and focus mentally so now I'm ready to go.

Alton Jones
• 22 pounds
• Pools 5 and 4
• Now I know what it means to win the Classic and I don't want to give it up. I know that there is a good chance I'll have to, but I'm going to fight, scratch and claw to hang onto it.

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