Interestingly enough the top of day one’s leaderboard is not held down by the biggest stars in bass fishing. The top spot is held down by a home grown Cajun by the name of Keith Poche with a stout 17lbs 13oz, but his lead is ultra slim as Alabama’s Greg Vinson is only a single ounce behind. Quite possibly the bigger issue for the leaders is the 6 anglers with 16lb bags right on their heels and there are some heavy hitters in that bunch of anglers (Edwin Evers, Lane Brothers, Ott Defoe, David Walker & Dustin Wilks). See Full Standings
The top two anglers have nearly a 2lb lead over the next group and a positive for them is that they both commented that they did not have much company and have a good amount of water to themselves. This could be a very positive sign over the next two days for Poche & Vinson, but I would be very afraid of Evers and Walker, look for these guys to make a move tomorrow.
In all reality, anybody with 10lbs or more are not completely out of it if they can put 18-20lbs on the scales the next two days. Overnight lows are supposed to drop a bit tonight and tomorrow is supposed to be cooler, calm & sunny. This is more then likely to cause a shake up in the leaderboard come tomorrow afternoon. So yes, anglers like KVD are still in this, but they need to make a move tomorrow to be in the hunt on Sunday.
Man do I regret taking Keith Poche out of my fantasy fishing line-up and inserting Brandon Palaniuk during our podcast on Wednesday
We’ll close out this entry with a neat little video from Poche’s practice….