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Top 10 forecast

3/29/2007

Going into Friday's competitioin, here's a look at the top 10 boaters and what it will take for each to make a run at winning.

1. Mike McClelland

Hometown: Bella Vista, Ark.

Two-Day Weight: 29-00
Expected weight needed to make final five: "I think I need another 12 or 13 pound bag of fish to say in the lead. To stay in the top five, I think five or six pounds is pretty much going to assure me."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "I want as much current as I can get going. The stronger the current is, the more the fish are positioned and the easier it is to say the fish are going to be right there. Without the current flow, it allows the fish to break up and spread out, makes them harder to find."

2. Rick Morris

Hometown: Lanexa, Va.

Two-Day Weight: 26-09
Expected weight needed to make final five: "I need 7- to 8-pounds."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "I like the sun and a medium current, but I can switch patterns if I need to."

3. John Murray

Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Two-Day Weight: 23-14
Expected weight needed to make final five: "It will take 9 or 10 pounds today for a 32-33 pound total over three days to make the top five. "Nobody's going to coast in."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "(I want) a lot of current, probably three or four turbines going."

4. Chad Brauer

Hometown: Osage Beach, Mo.
Two-Day Weight: 23-6
Expected weight needed to make final five: "I figure if I catch 10 pounds , I ought to make it. But you never know. I won't stop at 10 pounds if I have the chance."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: Fishing backwater all week "In fact, if they don't run any current, it may help me by hurting everyone else."

5. Matt Reed
Hometown: Madisonville, Texas

Two-Day Weight: 21-15
Expected weight needed to make final five: "I think I need to catch 8 or 10 pounds to have a shot. But you never know."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "Current is the key on this river. If you don't have it, it's going to be harder. I'd have to go fish a backwater pattern. My river pattern has had my bigger fish on it. But if they don't run current, those fish wont' bite for me."

6. Mark Menendez
Hometown: Paducah, Ky.
Two-Day Weight: 21-01
Expected weight needed to make final five: "I need at least 10 pounds."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "It ain't this,'' Menendez said pointing to heavy clouds. "I need sunlight to catch fish. I'd like to have a big flow but it's not necessary."

7. Steve Kennedy
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.
Two-Day Weight: 20-07
Expected weight needed to make final five: "I think 10 or 12 pounds would do it. If I get 12, I'lll be jumping up and down. That would be more than I've caught any other day."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: Wants current, if not there, he could be heading to backwaters. "I want a lot of current. If it's not there, we may have go up in the backwaters a little today, maybe try something different."

8. Randy Howell
Hometown: Springville, Ala.
Two-Day Weight: 18-13
Expected weight needed to make final five: "It could be 10 pounds, or it could be 13 pounds depending on the current."
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "I need the current to be real swift. Yesterday, they ran three turbines at the dam, which is perfect. Today they say it will be one. If that happens it's hard to catch the good ones."

9. Jon Bondy

Hometown: Windsor, Canada

Two-Day Weight: 18-05
Expected weight needed to make final five: Needs at least 11 pounds, probably more.
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: "I want current and I think I'll have it. I'm fishing up the Coosa, where the current hasn't died yet, even when it stops down here (Alabama River.)

10. John Pollard
Hometown: Eclectic, Ala.
Two-Day Weight: 17-06
Expected weight needed to make final five: Has to have at least 13 pounds.
The perfect weather or current conditions needed to make that happen: Comment not available