Day one at Lake Guntersville has a familiar name leading the way.
The Diet Mountain Dew Bassmaster Elite tour stop at Lake Guntersville, Alabama had a big opening day that most were expecting to see from this famous body of water. Multiple 20 pound limits were brought into the weigh-in at the day’s close with some big names in the hunt, and one former Classic winner leading the pack.
Michael Iaconelli sits on top of the leaderboard with a total weight of 28-2 on a five fish limit. In an end of day interview with Bassmaster, Iaconelli described his first day as “magical.”
“The water temperature in practice on Monday was 60 degrees,” said Iaconelli. “By Wednesday, it was 65 to 67 degrees. That’s a huge difference, and I kind of knew those fish I found in practice were going to go away.”
Those fish did end up going away but Iaconelli knew right where to find them.
“Today, I tried to visualize where they went,” Iaconelli said. “Knowing the water went up six or seven degrees, I knew they didn’t go deeper. Everything wants to spawn right now, and I tried to visualize the route they would take.”
Also making their way into the top five of day one is Kelly Jordan at 26-1, Bernie Shultz at 25-8, Skeet Reese at 24-15, and Kelley Jaye at 24-4. There are 21 other anglers with weight totals already in the 20s, including Bobby Lane at 21-7, Dean Rojas at 22-2, and Shaw Grigsby at 22-3.
Noticeably, Kevin VanDam is sitting in 48th place at 17-13 and Casey Ashley is near the bottom at 111th place bringing in 9-14.
After Friday’s results, the 113 anglers fishing Guntersville will be reduced to 53 to continue fighting it out. Look for some other big names to make a day two rally, whereas a few favorites just might not even make the first cut.