Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, CT talks about record-breaking catch - 32 pounds, 3 ounces is new heaviest single day haul in Bassmaster Classic history. Also, Randall Tharp becomes an improptu interviewer and Jason Christie makes a wish.
While filming Chris Lane on Lake Guntersville today Vance McCullough went surfing, courtesy of an uncourteous spectatir boat who really really REALLY wanted to keep up with Lane as he moved all of 100 yards. While it's comical now, such behavior is dangerous and y'all need to place nice out there! Also, it should be noted that the vast majority of onlookers were great citizens today.
Randall Tharp was confident and forthcoming in his interview with Vance McCullough at Bassmaster Classic Media Day. He was not concerned about the approaching weather system that, as we learned today, hurt many of his competitors. Unlike those who struggled, Tharp showed out.
Florida's Rich Howes qualified for the classic via his win 13 months ago in the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Toho. He tells us about his experience this past year and this past week as he makes final tackle adjustments in his boat durind Classic Media Day.
FLW Tour pro Cody Meyer placed 5th in the recent FLW Tour season-opener on Lake Okeechobee and he did so on the strength of the sasuteki rig. Meyer used a Zappu Sasuteki Weight on the bottom - that's right, the bottom - of a Jackall Sasuteki Craw to get into thick mats with a lighter lure package. Hear him tell how he did it. While not exactly brand new, this technique hasn't quite caught on. But it will. Be the first among your bassin' buddies to pick up the sasuteki rig.
Van Soles brought in the 2nd-heaviest sack of the tournament (and the only the 2nd one to exceed 20 pounds) to close out the win with over 50 pounds on three tough fishing days at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Florida's Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Morgan Sprull and Tom Ridley made a statement on the final day with nearly 20 pounds to pull off the win by 0.02 pounds - that's two one-hundredths of a pound - over Donnie Feagle and Joey Wood. They pocketed over $9,500 plus big fish money - not a bad payout for winning a 25-boat tournament. Hear them tell how they won the big money in the Bienville Plantation Big Bass Blast Clasic.