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Duel On The Delta

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Dense fog is again the story as competition is set to begin on Day 2 of the Bassmasters Classic leaving many of the anglers scrambling for a new fishing strategy. Whereas yesterday's fog delay lasted an hour, the fog is denser and delayed the start until 10 a.m.. What does it all mean? The long trip down to Venice will be an iffy proposition. The foreboding run time (two-plus hours each way) might not give the fishermen enough time to fish. That leaves half the field, which took the run yesterday, searching for new fishing ground. Things have turned interesting although how they might become more fascinating after yesterday's weigh-in remains to be seen.

The scene at the New Orleans arena for the Day 1 weigh-in.
The New Orleans color guard kicked off the weigh-in with the National Anthem.
Tommy Biffle was one of the first anglers to weigh in. His five-fish weight of 13-5 put him in 18th position.
Randall Tharp's total was 11-12 which put him in 25th.
Bobby Lane had a fine day on the Delta and stood in 5th position after Day 1. His total was 16-12. He fished the Venice area on Day 1, but was not certain if he would be able to make the run after the Day 2 fog delay.
Fan favorite Shaw Grigsby admitted to having a hard time getting any big fish to eat and sat in 36th place with a Day 1 total of 9 pounds, 3 ounces.
The gathered crowd all seemed to wait in anticipation of the arrival of Kevin Van Dam and were all delighted when the scoreboard announced his entry into the arena.
KVD did not disappoint. His first day total was 19 pounds 3 ounces putting him in the lead slot–at least for a short time.
Scott Rook of Little Rock, Arkansas rocked the house next with a 19-6 total that placed him in second.
The Bassmasters faithful who had been keeping tabs on Aaron Martens day via BassTrak, already knew that the angler had been having an awesome day and when his fish hit the scales, pandemonium ensued. Martens would be the Day 1 leader with 20 pounds, 7 ounces of bass. His biggest fish as also No. 1 on the day at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.
Tommy Sanders and the ESPN crew interview Martens after the weigh in.
Can Martens hold the lead? He says he's fishing a great spot and bigger fish are there.

Dense fog has delayed the start of Day 2 of the Bassmasters Classic leaving anglers scratching for a new strategy.