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Classic Top Ten, Day 2

12/29/2006

1. Luke Clausen
Hometown: Spokane Valley, Washington
Weight: 44 pounds, 5 ounces
Off the lead: ---
Biggest bass: Around 6 pounds
Tactic: Fishing beds again with a little more visibility than yesterday
Expectations for day three: "I'm going to fish more new water tomorrow. If the weather gets cold I should be able to catch them in a different way so I've got a backup plan."

2. Ron Shuffield
Hometown: Bismarck, Arkansas
Weight: 39 pounds, 15 ounces
Off the lead: 4 pounds, 6 ounces
Biggest bass: 8 pounds
Tactic: Running in Lake Kissimmee throwing topwater frogs, flipping Gambler baits
Expectations for day three: "I am moving more to post-spawning areas and throwing really long casts. I am going back to the one area where I caught most of my fish and I don't have anybody fishing with me. I only have one reason to be here and that is to win the Classic."

3. Terry Scroggins
Hometown: Palatka, Florida
Weight: 39 pounds, 4 ounces
Off the lead: 5 pounds, 1 ounce
Biggest bass: 9 pounds, 5 ounces
Tactic: Flipping a Zoom prototype, caught majority of fish on a Zoom Worm, fished very fast on Lake Kissimmee
Expectations for day three: "If the front comes in real fast and strong tonight it is going to shut down a lot of the fish. I think if I fish really hard and fast tomorrow I can bring in the weight to win it."

4. Preston Clark
Hometown: Palatka, Florida
Weight: 39 pounds, 3 ounces
Off the lead: 5 pounds, 2 ounces
Biggest bass: About three pounds
Tactic: Invested a lot of time sight-fishing beds, flipping as well
Expectations for day three: "I've got three different patterns I can use down south tomorrow. Carolina-rigging, Rattle-trapping, and flipping in Lake Kissimmee and Lake Hatchineha. I really believe I can catch 20 pounds tomorrow."

5. Rick Morris
Hometown: Lanexa, Virginia
Weight: 37 pounds, 5 ounces
Off the lead: 7 pounds
Biggest bass: 6 pounds, 8 ounces
Tactic: Power fishing, casting War Eagle spinnerbait and Chatterbait
Expectations for day three: "I am going to be flipping and pitching tomorrow. I know exactly where I'm going, what I'm going to do, and how long I'm going to stay there — I am going to stay focused."

6. Kevin Wirth
Hometown: Crestwood, Kentucky
Weight: 35 pounds, 9 ounces
Off the lead: 8 pounds, 12 ounces
Biggest bass: 4 pounds
Tactic: Pitching and flipping to specific targets in more scattered cover on Lake Toho and Lake Kissimmee
Expectations for day three: "I have no earthly idea. I am going to sit down, take it all in, and factor in the consequences and weather."

7. Edwin Evers
Hometown: Talala, Okalahoma
Weight: 35 pounds, 3 ounces
Off the lead: 9 pounds, 2 ounces
Biggest bass: Maybe a 4-pounder
Tactic: Denied request for specifics on tactic/technique
Expectations for day three: "I can't lose as many big bites as I lost today. I'm just going to stick with the game plan and fish some more new water."

8. George Cochran
Hometown: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Weight: 31 pounds, 12 ounces
Off the lead: 12 pounds, 9 ounces
Biggest bass: 5 pounds, 8 ounces
Tactic: Fishing worm into holes of grass to attract reaction bites, also throwing Strike King frog
Expectations for day three: "I am just going to go out there and fish and have a great time tomorrow. I'm going to throw the heck out of my rubber frog that did so well later in the day today."

9. Jeff Coble
Hometown: Manson, North Carolina
Weight: 31 pounds, 9 ounces
Off the lead: 12 pounds, 12 ounces
Biggest bass: 5 pounds
Tactic: Casting a Texas-rig Zoom Mag 2 plastic worm
Expectations for day three: "The cold front will be a factor in my game plan for tomorrow. Depending on which direction the wind is blowing and how much I might run to Lake Kissimmee tomorrow — it's not my gas anyway (with a smile)."

10. Skeet Reese
Hometown: Auburn, California
Weight: 30 pounds, 6 ounces
Off the lead: 13 pounds, 15 ounces
Biggest bass: Close to 5 pounds
Tactic: Slowed down and worked a topwater bait and plastic worm
Expectations for day three: "I am going to change my fishing pattern and key in on more post-spawning fish."