It started out as a beautiful day even with the possibility of rain as all were hoping that the storms would hold off until after the final weigh in hour. That however was not the case as with an hour to go the storms blew in with a vengeance. High winds, heavy rain and lots of lightning. Everyone ran for cover as the storm hit. After the storm the sun reappeared in a short amount if time.
The first hourly weigh in proved to be exciting as Dean West of Lake Charles La. brought his 8.55 pounder to the scales to lead the tournament. What was even more exciting was that during the first hourly weigh in two of the three exact weights were brought to the scales. An exact 5.00 lber worth $5000 by Jeffrey Tall of Jennings La. and an exact weight 3 lber brought in by William Spurgeon of Pineville, La. It was an exciting first hour with all of that happening. No exact weight 4 pounder was brought to the scales so that prize money will go into the drawing on Sunday.
West only held onto the lead though through that first hour as in hour two, Joe Daw of Conroe, Texas brought in a huge bass weighing 9.91 pounds that vaulted him into the lead. Also weighing in during hour two was an 8.71 lber brought to the scales by William Hillebrandt of Ragley, La giving him the second place spot on the leader board. However it did not hold until the end of day one as in the 6th hour Bobby Amaker of Cypress Texas brought a 9 lb lunker to the scales. The crowd saw it prior to its weight being known and waited anxiously to see if he would overtake Daw.
It is only day one and already there has been 2 9 pounders or better and 4 weighing between 8 and 9 pounds. Will a double digit hit the scales sometime over the next two days. Only time will tell as day one is history.
Top five are as shown:
Joe Daw Conroe, Texas 9.91 lbs
Bobby Amaker Cypress, Texas 9.00 lbs
William Hillebrandt Ragley, La 8.71 lbs
Dean West Lake Charles La. 8.55 lbs
Neil Sonnier Sulfur, La. 8.10 lbs.