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Bassmaster Classic 2019: Weigh-in Results and Friday Leaderboard

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2019

Randall Tharp, Port Saint Joe, Fla., holds up a bass for spectators following him on the second day of the Bassmaster Classic, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Guntersville, Ala. Tharp was bumped from first to second by 1 ounce by Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla. The field will be cut to the top 25 anglers for the final day of competition. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
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The 2019 Bassmaster Classic got underway in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, with Ott DeFoe coming away as the biggest winner of Day 1 as he sits atop the leaderboard. 

Below is a look at the overall standings as well as a glimpse at the latest action from Knoxville.

   

2019 Bassmaster Classic Leaderboard — Friday

1. Ott DeFoe: 5 fish (20 pounds-0 ounces)

2. Roy Hawk: 5 fish (17-11)

3. Clifford Pirch: 5 fish (16-11)

4. Justin Lucas: 5 fish (16-7)

5. Jacob Wheeler: 5 fish (14-11)

T6. Brent Chapman: 5 fish (14-8)

T6. Mark Daniels Jr.: 5 fish (14-8)

8. Todd Faircloth: 5 fish (13-9)

T9. Bobby Lane Jr.: 5 fish (13-4)

T9. Jacob Powroznik: 5 fish (13-4)

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*Full leaderboard available on the official website of the Bassmaster Classic

  

An impressive haul on Friday has DeFoe sitting in first place with some breathing room.

Coming off a sixth-place finish a year ago, DeFoe put himself in prime position to place even higher this time around by reeling in 20 pounds worth of fish on Day 1. That haul was highlighted by a six-pounder:

Bassmaster @bassmaster

The big fish of the day so far is this 6 pounder from @OttDeFoe! The Bassmaster Classic is fired up and anglers are catching them this afternoon. #bassfishing #bassmasterclassic #bassmaster https://t.co/XkxGuHnOd8

"I got five good bites all day, and I landed them. Honestly, it felt like a very tough day," DeFoe said, per Bassmaster.com. "A six-pounder here is a really big one. So to get that one and four other pretty good ones, I felt really blessed."

That helped put him more than two pounds clear of second-place Roy Hawk (17 pounds, 11 ounces).

Power-Pole @Power_Pole

End of Day 1 at the @bassmaster Classic. 1. Ott DeFoe - @OttDeFoe 2. Roy Hawk - @royhawkfishing 3. Clifford Pirch - @CliffordPirch #PowerPole #BassmasterClassic https://t.co/tw2vy7sLzM

Hawk, meanwhile, has a one-pound lead over Clifford Pirch (16 pounds, 11 ounces)—but then the standings start to tighten up. Justin Lucas sits just four ounces back of Pirch in fourth, while the difference between fifth and ninth is just more than a pound and a half.

Of note, two-time defending champ Jordan Lee has some work to do if he is going to complete the three-peat. He sits all the way back in 33rd after managing just eight pounds and six ounces on his five fish. 

Lowrance Fishing @LowranceFishing

With @bassmaster 2019 less than two weeks away, it’s time for some encouraging words from Lowrance Ambassador and two times tournament winner, @JLeefishing. Confidence is key. Good luck to all anglers this year! https://t.co/gPdw4Oc8dZ

Last year, Lee ended Day 1 in third place with 18 pounds and 10 ounces, but he wound up finishing the tournament with 47 pounds and one ounce. He serves as proof that a lot can change over the next two days.

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