$500,000 Bass?

Dawn of Day 2 at the Bassmasters Classic brought with it more fog and a two hour delay in the action. By the time fishermen were permitted to leave the dock for the second day of competition, there were more questions than answers. Could Aaron Martens hold onto his lead? Would the steelie veteran Kevin Van Dam overtake the field once again? Could anyone actually run 2 1/2 hours south to the Venice honeyhole and make it back in time for the weigh in? Well all these questions were answered at the Day 2 weigh in where a giant bass greeted everyone at the door.
What a Louisiana Bassmasters Classic be without a live gator?
The full house at the New Orleans arena was ready to rock the house.
Ever wonder what happens to the bass once they are weighed in? The fish are quickly transported backstage--about 50 yard.
And deposited into a waiting hatchery truck. Once all the fish are weighed, they are hustled off to an undisclosed location and released. The mortality rate is typically zero.
Of the top 5 anglers, only Brent Chapman made the long run to Venice to load up. Amazingly, Chapman had only two hours of fishing time, but brought in 20 pounds, 1 ounce of fish putting him in second place.
Brandon Palaniuk is just 23 years old and in his very first Classic. His two-day total of 32 pounds, 8 ounces puts the fan favorite in fourth position for the final day of the tournament.
Early favorite Cliff Pace had a solid day of fishing and stands at No. 12
Aaron Martens sat atop the leaderboard after Day 1 and decided to go right back to the same area for Day 2, but his fish were less cooperative.
He admittedly had a rough day, but brought in 12 pounds, 11 ounces of fish for a two-day total of 33-2. He sits in third.
KVD was the man that the entire crowd was waiting to see entering the arena.
Meanwhile, the last man to win the Classic in Louisiana, Mike Iaconelli, held court behind stage.
Here's KVD's limit of largemouths. Total weight: 19 pounds, 3 ounces for a two-day total of 41-11 and the No. 1 slot heading into the final day of competition.
Bassmasters magazine editor James Hall MC's the post-weigh-in press conference.
Van Dam's strategy? Swapping baits, fishing hard and a good dose of luck.
Brandon Palaniuk may just be happy to be at the Big Dance, but don't think for a second that he can't win this thing.
Will KVD win his fourth Classic, or will the king be unseated? There's only one day of fishing left.

These 5 bass just might be worth $500,000! They were caught by Kevin Van Dam who is the leader going into the final day of competition at the Bassmasters Classic.