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Day Three: An Elite angler's analysis

5/7/2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 5-pound lead will be difficult to
overcome, but Britt Myers is sticking to his guns.
Dave Wolak posted a 15-06 bag to lead the top six
qualifiers into Sunday's final of the Bassmaster
American presented by Advanced Auto Parts, but Myers is still holding out hope for
friend Jason Quinn.

Bassmaster.com asked Myers, a CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series
rookie, to assess the season's second major on his
home water of Lake Wylie. Quinn, the local favorite
and Myers' good friend, tied Takahiro Omori with 8-06
for the sixth and final spot.

"It was an exciting weigh-in," Myers said. "It's ironic, Jason tied with Takahiro yesterday, as well. We
pretty much followed Jason all day. He caught a bunch
of keepers, he just never got a good solid fish."

Wolak must have been catching them all, bringing his
second 15-6 bag of the week to lead Gerald Swindle by
almost five pounds.

"That's a strong lead," Myers said. "Somebody's going
to have to catch a really big stringer and Wolak not
catch anything, or he's going to win it. He's got
something figured out."

Myers again said he anticipated better bags.

"I
expected higher numbers. It's fresh water, nobody's
fished it. The lake, I believe, is turning over as we
speak. It's the time of year where the entire lake
just turns over.

"There's a lot of fish suspended, so
the topwater fishing hasn't been that great. The bait
fish are scattered everywhere, the bass are not keying
on one thing."

Quinn's hope to make up his 7-pound deficit is slim,
but Myers said it is possible.

Wolak's two big bags
sandwiched a 4-13 stringer Friday.

"Jason is going to have to catch about 15 pounds and
hope Wolak slips," he said. "The deep water was
actually pretty good today for Jaosn. I kind of
expected that, he just never got a big bite. He just
has to do the exact same thing and hope for a bigger
bite.

"Jason has the potential — his fish are starting
to bite deep — for a 20-pound stringer. I've seen it
many times."

And Quinn would like nothing more than to not
disappoint his friend.