However, that didn't pan out. Here is what some of the competitors had to say about the tournament:
Cliff Pace (14th, 16-3)
"I kind of had to scramble around while fishing, and I only got bites on one or two groups of fish. I came here to try and win this event, not to get one bite here and one bite there. Leaving the bass was tough when I was on a group of bass that had the potential to win like those I was on the first day – especially when I was in a big tournament like the Classic. But things weren't working out my way at that spot. If everything would have lined-up right for 30 or 40 minutes on a place like that, I could really have done well. Those bass are still on that site where I caught the big bag of bass the first day. However, I just never could get them to set back up and bite. But that's just part of fishing. I caught all my bass this week on a 1/2-ounce V&M Football Head Jig in the green-pumpkin color. I probably caught eight bass today, but I'm only bringing in four keepers."
James Niggemeyer (18th, 26-12)
"I went out and did the same thing today as I've done the past two days, but today I never got a quality bite. Usually I'd get at least one 3-pound bass to bite each day; however, not today. I was fishing with a Strike King Rodent in the Bama bug color and a Strike King finesse worm. I fished the finesse worm early in the morning, and then I flipped and pitched the Rodent into the heavy matted grass later in the day."
Shaw Grigsby (21st, 25-9)
"I caught five little squeakers today. I caught most of my fish on the Red Eye Shad, but I did catch two on the watermelon-red Smokin' Rooster with a 5/0 hook. The bass were moving up. The guys ahead of me were running a couple of banks I would have liked to have run, but I wouldn't fish those banks because those anglers were ahead of me. Watching the leaders catch bass after bass was tough. I had a good day on the water fishing this great tournament. I just didn't have enough pounds of bass to win."