FORT WORTH, Texas -- Everything is bigger in Texas, and it was Texans who went the biggest on Day 1 of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. Anglers from Texas caught the two biggest bass from Lake Ray Roberts.
About 15 anglers into the weigh-in at Dickies Arena, Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth weighed a 7-pound, 13-ounce lunker to take over Berkley Big Bass honors. The next angler, Frank Talley of Temple topped him by five ounces.
That left Zaldain a little disappointed, but he said at least he led momentarily and had the start to a good showing on his home lake.
"It's super special to do this in a Classic," Zaldain said of enticing the big fish from the rock with a big spoon.
Just five years ago, Zaldain pulled a 7-12 from Ray Roberts to win a truck in the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.
Talley said he got excited when he leaned back on the 8-3 bass that bit from bushes in three feet of water.
"Oh my gosh, that's a biggun," Talley said when he saw the huge head. "To do it in the Classic is exhilarating. I mean, in the first hour of the first day, it don't get any better than that."
Problem was, both anglers were one short of a limit; Talley stands 14th with 15-10 and Zaldain is 21st with 13-11. Both anglers said they did everything they could to get No. 5 but went most all afternoon without a bite.
"I went hog hunting all day long," Zaldain said. "I'm addicted to it."