The 2017 Bassmaster Classic continued into its second day Saturday at Lake Conroe in Houston.
Brent Ehrler sat in first place following Friday's fishing. His five fish weighed in at 23 pounds, three ounces. Bradley Roy was a little over a pound behind in second.
Ehrler remained in first place after he reeled in five more fish weighing a total of 20 pounds, one ounce. Roy, meanwhile, fell back to fifth place following an underwhelming haul Saturday. Shimano shared a photo of Ehrler putting his bag on the scale:
Here's a look at the top 10 anglers, with the full leaderboard available on the event's website:
|2017 Bassmaster Classic Leaderboard (Through Day 2)|
|Place||Angler||Total Fish||Weight (Pounds-Ounces)|
The Houston Chronicle's Shannon Tompkins wrote how the blustery conditions on Lake Conroe made life difficult for many anglers Friday. The fish weren't biting in great numbers Saturday, either.
Four anglers (Ehrler, Dave Lefebre, Edwin Evers and Jordan Lee) hit the 20-pound plateau on the event's second day after seven reached the mark to open the Bassmaster Classic.
Lefebre climbed into second place after registering the second-highest weight (20 pounds, 11 ounces) Saturday, bringing his total to 41 pounds, one ounce.
At the other end of the spectrum, the trio of Clifford Pirch, Wesley Strader and Matt Herren had a Saturday to forget.
They were fifth, eighth and ninth, respectively, after the first day. Pirch caught one fish weighing six pounds, and neither Strader nor Herren brought anything to the scale on the second day, and as a result, they've all fallen out of title contention.
Pirch dropped to 20th, and Strader and Herren are 28th and 29th.
Only one day remains in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, and barring a major shock, the title will likely come down to Ehrler, Lefebre or Evers.
Ehrler has a roughly five-and-a-half-pound lead over James Elam, who sits in fourth place through Saturday. That's a significant gap to close in one day, especially considering the less than favorable conditions on Lake Conroe so far.
Fans in Houston still have a chance to witness history. Kevin VanDam is the last angler to win back-to-back Classics (2010 and 2011). Following his strong effort Saturday, Evers remains in the hunt, and if everything breaks right for him Sunday, he could collect his second Classic victory in as many years.