The 2011 Bassmaster Classic began on a slow and foggy morning that delayed fisherman over an hour to begin the tournament.
Once the fog cleared the boats hit the water and most headed south to fish the deep waters of the Gulf. Several of the day 1 leaders took the 2 hour ride to Venice where they believed they would catch the most. These waters are far off shore and the fisherman are seeing fish you wouldn't typically see at Lake Fork or anywhere in East Texas. According to 2009 Classic Champion Skeet Reese, a dolphin nearly jumped into hsi boat. Reese said the experienced scared him a little.
The two men from Texas in this years Classis are right in the hunt thus far in the tournament. Todd Flaircloth of Jasper and Kelly Jordon of Mineola both find themselves in the top twelve. Faircloth sits in eighth place with 5 fish weighing in at 15-7 lb. Jordon is tied for 12th place with 5 fish and a total of 14-3 lb.
At the end of the fishing day tomorrow cuts will be made and the final 25 will be determined. Those who make the cut will enter Sunday with one final day of fishing.
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