Florida pro Kyle Fox leads the Mississippi River Rumble by 3 ounces after one day of competition. B.A.S.S. photo by Seigo Saito.
The bad news for B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain is that he is in 82nd place in a field of 98 pros after day one of the Mississippi River Rumble. The good news is that he is less than 5 pounds out of the lead, and less than a pound and a half separates him from guys inside the cut line, which is 50th place. All but three pros weighed a five-fish limit on day one. All but four weighed between 10 pounds and 16 pounds, 8 ounces, which is what Kyle Fox brought to the scales for the lead.
What all that means is that almost everyone is catching them and that things are apt to get re-arranged a lot during today's weigh-in. If Fox or others toward the top of the leaderboard have indeed identified a spot or technique that is yielding a little larger fish on average that will become more apparent today, and more separation might occur as the tournament progresses.
Quite understandably, no one likes to say much about what they are doing after one day of a four-day event, although Fox did suggest that he wouldn't expect anyone else to be using the same approach as what worked for him yesterday.