by Curtis Niedermier
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|Cox sight fishing bedding bass to the lead.|
While Cox didn’t need a big bag to stay on top, he’ll definitely need to step it up over the weekend if he wants to hold off young guns such as Aaron Britt (second place), who cracked 24-2 today, Braxton Setzer (third), who weighed 23-5, and a heap of other mega-hammers who are lined up in the standings behind him.
2. Aaron Britt – Yuba City, Calif. – 45-4 (10)“At home, I live on Clear Lake, so Clear Lake is notorious for hydrilla and stuff like that off the bank. I just feel at home out here,” Britt adds. “I still think these fish are waiting to come in [to spawn]. They’re fat. They’re healthy. It’s only been warm for three or four days.”
Braxton Setzer is optimistic about his chances of bringing in another quality catch on Saturday because his best area is steadily reloading. He’s weighed in limits of 19-7 and 23-5.
4. Scott Martin – Clewiston, Fla. – 42-11 (10)
5. Buddy Gross – Chickamauga, Ga. – 42-4 (10)
NEWS AND NOTES
Rex Huff was the biggest flip-flopper, going from 2-12 to 21-1. Jim Jones dropped from 19-10 to 2-15. You can scan the results to see several others who went from single-digit weights to mid-teens, and vice versa.
Goat ropes and chains
Catching only 9-14 on day one didn’t keep Jamie Horton out of the cut. The Alabama pro caught 25-8 today to vault into 11th place.
Scanlon weighs big bag of the day by swapping line
1. John Cox – DeBary, Fla. – 48-13 (10)