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EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29-11 to maintain the lead for the second consecutive day. Tharp holds a 4-ounce lead over
Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who weighed five bass weighing 11-0 for a two-day total of 10 bass for 29-7.
"I started out today in a different area that I didn't fish in yesterday," said Tharp, who is seeking his first Tour-level win outside of the state of
Florida. "I caught two decent fish right away and it really settled me down. It wasn't fast and furious, but I had my limit today by
9:15 a.m., and it was pretty close to what I weighed in today.
"I really struggled from 11:30 on," Tharp continued. "I culled twice this afternoon, but I only caught nine keeper fish throughout the day. I did see some good fish, though, and I had some good fish roll on my bait that I know will be there for me tomorrow."
Tharp said that he fished around 10 different areas in Pool No. 5 throughout the day on Friday, and that he was fishing some of the same water as 3M Scotch Tape & Peltor Brands pro
"I've still got a bunch of good areas that I have not fished in this tournament," said Tharp. "But, a lot of them are on the river. Fishing the river is like rolling the dice and trying to get a big bite. You can catch 50 bass and not get a big bite, and then pull up to a new spot and find a big one. There's no rhyme or reason to it. I feel like this tournament is going to be won in the backwaters, and that's where I need to stay to get those big bites.