Stetson Blaylock is getting his patience tested by the bass in Chickamauga Lake. So are the other 84 anglers in this tournament. After only 29 anglers weighed five-bass limits on Day 1, it dropped even further to 20 on Day 2.
But so far Blaylock has passed the patience test better than anyone else. He leads the Guaranteed Rate Elite at Chickamauga with 28 pounds, 1 ounce. John Cox, one of the many who didn't catch a limit Saturday, is second with 27-3.
"This whole tournament is going to come down to how many times can you throw in the same spot without getting mad and leaving," said Blaylock. "If (the bass) are there, you've literally got to keep throwing and throwing and throwing, and then you'll get a bite."
The field was cut to the top 40 after Saturday's weigh-in. Chris Johnston took 40th place with a two-day total of 16-14. Only 11 anglers in the top 40 have caught limits both days.