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Classic Top Ten, Day 1

12/29/2006

1. Luke Clausen
Hometown: Spokane Valley, Washington
Weight: 29 pounds, 9 ounces
Off the lead: ---
Biggest bass: 7 pounds, 9 ounces
Tactic: Blind casting to bedding fish.

Expectations for day two: "I just had a good day today. Tomorrow I might go out and catch 10 pounds, maybe even five. I am just going to go out and fish tomorrow, that's all I can say."

2. Preston Clark
Hometown: Palatka, Florida
Weight: 29 pounds, 1 ounce.
Off the lead: 5 ounces
Biggest bass: 11 pounds, 10 ounces (new Classic record)
Tactic: Sight-fishing; pitching a pumpkin seed Zoom Critter Crawl

Expectations for day two: "I think if I go out and catch 15 pounds tomorrow it will be a good day. I'm going to change my pattern completely tomorrow, blind flipping into heavy cover."

3. Edwin Evers
Hometown: Talala, Oklahoma
Weight: 23 pounds, 10 ounces
Off the lead: 5 pounds, 12 ounces
Biggest bass: 8 pounds, 15 ounces
Tactic: Denied request for specifics on tactic/technique
Expectations for day two: "I've got to get stubborn and fish some new water the second and third days."

4. Kevin Wirth
Hometown: Crestwood, Kentucky
Weight: 22 pounds, 5 ounces
Off the lead: 7 pounds, 1 ounce
Biggest bass: 7 pounds, 5 ounces
Tactic: Denied request for specifics on tactic/technique
Expectations for day two: "I need to stay consistent, and I think if I can pull in another 15 or 20 pounds tomorrow I will be in good shape."

5. Rick Clunn
Hometown: Ava, Missouri
Weight: 20 pounds, 12 ounces
Off the lead: 8 pounds, 10 ounces
Biggest bass: 10 pounds, 10 ounces
Tactic: Bed fishing with Trickster spinnerbait, also throwing Cane Toad in between beds
Expectations for day two: "It's all going to depend on the weather. We received an update about every two hours today and they were right on so I will just have to see what the weather holds for tomorrow."

6. Davy Hite
Hometown: Ninety Six, South Carolina
Weight: 20 pounds, 9 ounces
Off the lead: 8 pounds, 13 ounces
Biggest bass: 7 pounds, 11 ounces
Tactic: Pitching Berkley Power Worms to holes in shallow grass, also working 3/8-ounce spinnerbait
Expectations for day two: "I always felt like the winner would have at least one 20-pound day. I think if I can go out and catch 15 pounds the next two days I should have a pretty good shot."

7. Jeff Kriet
Hometown: Ardmore, Oklahoma
Weight: 20 pounds, 3 ounces
Off the lead: 9 pounds, 3 ounces
Biggest bass: 5 pounds
Tactic: Pitching worms on Lake Kissimmee around pads and arrow leaf grass.
Expectations for day two: "I'm not going to get in a hurry tomorrow. I'm going to fish slow and grind the area."

8. Larry Nixon
Hometown: Bee Branch, Arkansas
Weight: 19 pounds, 8 ounces
Off the lead: 9 pounds, 14 ounces
Biggest bass: 6 pounds
Tactic: Fishing slow, throwing soft plastics on shallow beds
Expectations for day two: "I've got a couple of areas that I need to go to and I'm just going to go out there and fish. If I can catch another 20 pounds tomorrow that would help, but it's a three-day event — you must perform all three days."

9. Name: Ishama Monroe
Hometown: Hughson, California
Weight: 19 pounds, 2 ounces
Off the lead: 10 pounds, 4 ounces
Biggest bass: not weighed
Tactic: Blind-casting to bedding fish
Expectations for day two: Monroe was not available for comment

10. Ron Shuffield
Hometown: Bismarck, Arkansas
Weight: 18 pounds, 15 ounces
Off the lead: 10 pounds, 7 ounces
Biggest bass: 9 pounds, 2 ounces
Tactic: Flipping a worm and covering a lot of water
Expectations for day two: "The biggest trick here is being consistent over three days. I'm not going to change my game plan; just sticking with what I've got going now."