The 2018 Bassmaster Classic got underway on Friday, with 52 of the best bass fishers in the world flocking to Lake Hartwell in Greenville, S.C., for the weekend.
Jordan Lee won last year's event by reeling in 12 fish for an impressive total weight of 56 pounds and 10 ounces. Other fishers, such as Brent Ehrler (15) caught more fish, but nobody managed a heavier haul. He is off to a strong start this year, sitting in third place after the first day.
Take a look to see how this year's competition stacks up on the opening round:
2018 Bassmaster Classic Leaderboard Through Friday
1. Jason Christie 5 fish/20 pounds-14 ounces
2. Edwin Evers 5/19-9
3. Jordan Lee 5/18-10
4. Brent Ehrler 5/17-8
5. Ott DeFoe 5/16-8
6. James Elam 5/16-7
7. Jacob Wheeler 5/16-1
8. Mark Daniels Jr. 5/15-14
9. Gerald Swindle 5/15-13
10. Jamie Hartman 5/15-12
Full results available via Bassmaster.com.
Day 1 Tidbits
There are a smattering of familiar names atop the leaderboard, as four of last year's top five are right in the thick of things. Along with reigning champ Lee, Brent Ehrler (No. 3 last year), James Elam (No. 4) and Ott DeFoe (No. 5) end the first day on solid footing.
No doubt at it, though: Jason Christie was the biggest winner of the first day. After finishing in 34th place last year, he was the only one to manage a 20-pound bag on Friday. That gave him a solid lead to take into Saturday.
Edwin Ever, last year's 11th-place finisher, nearly hit the 20-pound mark but came up just a bit short. Still, his second-place standing is no small feat.
The tournament continues throughout the weekend, with fishing set to begin at 8 a.m. ET both Saturday and Sunday.