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Todd Faircloth Takes First Day Lead At Bassmaster Elite At Lake Champlain

by: JamieDay Matthews,

Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, takes the lead on the 1st day of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain out of Plattsburgh, N.Y., with 21 lbs, 1 oz.
Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
(Jul 29, 2017 - PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.)

The eighth of nine regular-season events began today at the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, and Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, leads after the first day of competition on the strength of a 21-pound, 1-ounce limit of bass. He is also leading in the Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the tournament with a 6-1 largemouth bass — that is a rarity in this northern New York inland sea.
 
Faircloth said he was surprised by what he caught — especially because his day started rather slow, then picked up in the afternoon.
 
“I caught my best fish in the middle of the day,” Faircloth said. “I have some good water to fish, but whether those areas will replenish, it’s hard to say. I weighed one smallmouth and four largemouth. That 6-pounder I caught was really unexpected.”

Faircloth added that he’s drop shotting for smallmouth and “fishing plastics” for largemouth.
 
Another Texan, Alton Jones of Lorena, is in second place after Day 1 with 20-11. Jones remarked how differently the lake is fishing compared to the last time he competed here. Its been 10 years since the last Elite event here, and “the grass has totally changed,” Jones said.
 
“I weighed all largemouth,” he said. “I’m fishing areas I’ve fished before, but I’m fishing different spots within those areas. I think the smallmouth are in a postspawn funk. I think you’re going to need to weigh some largemouth this week to win. But if this was August or September, you could win here with smallmouth.”
 
Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, Okla., is focusing on smallmouth and is currently in third place with 20-4. Kriet noted that he’s running north, where he caught an estimated 50 smallmouth today.
 
“I’m switching up a lot,” Kriet said. “I’m drop shotting, using an Eco-Pro Tungsten jig; I caught my biggest on a swimbait, and I’m using the new Big Bite Baits Limit Getter. I would have been happy with 15 or 16 pounds, so I’m really excited about today.”
 
Lake Champlain again proved to be one of the best bass fisheries in the Northeast, and 107 of the 109 anglers caught a limit today.
 
Yesterday’s competition day was cancelled due to weather, so the full field of 109 pros will fish tomorrow. The Top 51 will compete on Championship Sunday. Currently, the Top 51 cut weight is 16-9 — another testament to the quality of the Lake Champlain fishery.
 
Brandon Palaniuk, tied for 21st with 18-1, retained his lead in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. Jason Christie (fifth, 19-8) moved into second with 700 points. Jacob Wheeler (30th, 17-12) moved into third.
 
Anglers launch Saturday from the City Marina in downtown Plattsburgh at 6:15 a.m. ET. Weigh-in begins at 3:15 p.m. at the Plattsburgh City Beach.
 
The Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo will open at the beach at noon. Companies including Huk, Berkley and Power-Pole will be onsite featuring their latest products. Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels will be giving out a free set of tires. Skeeter, Yamaha, Nitro, Triton and Mercury will be offering free boat and motor demo rides. Toyota will have interactive displays such as designing your own lure and a NASCAR video game. There will also be food and beverage vendors and a watercross competition. All activities are open to the public.

The event is hosted by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and the City of Plattsburgh.

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Yamaha, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Nitro Boats, Mercury, Minn Kota, Power-Pole, Shell Rotella, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine, Shimano, Advance Auto Parts, Livingston Lures, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Lowrance

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2017 Bassmaster Elite at Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels 7/27-7/30
Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh  NY.


(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX               5  21-01  110
  Day 1: 5   21-01  
2.  Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               5  20-11  109
  Day 1: 5   20-11  
3.  Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              5  20-04  108
  Day 1: 5   20-04  
4.  Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  19-15  107
  Day 1: 5   19-15  
5.  Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            5  19-08  106
  Day 1: 5   19-08  
6.  Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           5  19-03  105
  Day 1: 5   19-03  
7.  Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL         5  19-00  104
  Day 1: 5   19-00  
8.  Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             5  18-15  103
  Day 1: 5   18-15  
9.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK               5  18-13  102
  Day 1: 5   18-13  
10. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  18-12  101
  Day 1: 5   18-12  
10. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            5  18-12  101
  Day 1: 5   18-12  
12. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA             5  18-10   99
  Day 1: 5   18-10  
13. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL         5  18-09   98
  Day 1: 5   18-09  
14. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ             5  18-08   97
  Day 1: 5   18-08  
14. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL                5  18-08   97
  Day 1: 5   18-08  
16. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           5  18-06   95
  Day 1: 5   18-06  
16. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         5  18-06   95
  Day 1: 5   18-06  
16. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          5  18-06   95
  Day 1: 5   18-06  
19. Brent Ehrler           Redlands, CA             5  18-04   92
  Day 1: 5   18-04  
20. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              5  18-03   91
  Day 1: 5   18-03  
21. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL              5  18-01   90
  Day 1: 5   18-01  
21. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            5  18-01   90
  Day 1: 5   18-01  
21. Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID               5  18-01   90
  Day 1: 5   18-01  
24. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         5  18-00   87
  Day 1: 5   18-00  
24. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            5  18-00   87
  Day 1: 5   18-00  
26. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     5  17-15   85
  Day 1: 5   17-15  
27. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           5  17-13   84
  Day 1: 5   17-13  
27. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              5  17-13   84
  Day 1: 5   17-13  
27. Gerald Spohrer         Gonzales, LA             5  17-13   84
  Day 1: 5   17-13  
30. Jacob Wheeler          Harrison, TN             5  17-12   81
  Day 1: 5   17-12  
31. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               5  17-10   80
  Day 1: 5   17-10  
32. Seth Feider            Isle, MN                 5  17-09   79
  Day 1: 5   17-09  
32. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  5  17-09   79
  Day 1: 5   17-09  
34. David Fritts           Lexington, NC            5  17-07   77
  Day 1: 5   17-07  
35. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH     5  17-04   76
  Day 1: 5   17-04  
36. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          5  17-03   75
  Day 1: 5   17-03  
37. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL         5  17-02   74
  Day 1: 5   17-02  
38. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV             5  17-01   73
  Day 1: 5   17-01  
39. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  17-00   72
  Day 1: 5   17-00  
39. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               5  17-00   72
  Day 1: 5   17-00  
41. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                5  16-15   70
  Day 1: 5   16-15  
42. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL          5  16-13   69
  Day 1: 5   16-13  
42. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC           5  16-13   69
  Day 1: 5   16-13  
42. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                5  16-13   69
  Day 1: 5   16-13  
45. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               5  16-12   66
  Day 1: 5   16-12  
45. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA               5  16-12   66
  Day 1: 5   16-12  
47. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         5  16-11   64
  Day 1: 5   16-11  
47. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  16-11   64
  Day 1: 5   16-11  
49. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA        5  16-10   62
  Day 1: 5   16-10  
50. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         5  16-09   61
  Day 1: 5   16-09  
50. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL             5  16-09   61
  Day 1: 5   16-09  
52. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              5  16-09   59
  Day 1: 5   16-09  
53. Alton Jones Jr.        Lorena, TX               5  16-07   58
  Day 1: 5   16-07  
54. David Williams         Newton, NC               5  16-06   57
  Day 1: 5   16-06  
55. Brandon Card           Knoxville, TN            5  16-05   56
  Day 1: 5   16-05  
56. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY              5  16-04   55
  Day 1: 5   16-04  
57. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           5  16-03   54
  Day 1: 5   16-03  
57. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                5  16-03   54
  Day 1: 5   16-03  
59. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         5  16-02   52
  Day 1: 5   16-02  
60. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS                5  16-00   51
  Day 1: 5   16-00  
60. Fred Roumbanis         London, AR               5  16-00   51
  Day 1: 5   16-00  
62. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR               5  15-14   49
  Day 1: 5   15-14  
62. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY            5  15-14   49
  Day 1: 5   15-14  
64. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC           5  15-12   47
  Day 1: 5   15-12  
65. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  5  15-09   46
  Day 1: 5   15-09  
66. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ          5  15-06   45
  Day 1: 5   15-06  
67. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         5  15-05   44
  Day 1: 5   15-05  
68. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            5  15-04   43
  Day 1: 5   15-04  
68. Jesse Tacoronte        Orlando, FL              5  15-04   43
  Day 1: 5   15-04  
70. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR          5  14-15   41
  Day 1: 5   14-15  
71. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              5  14-14   40
  Day 1: 5   14-14  
72. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              5  14-13   39
  Day 1: 5   14-13  
73. Gary Klein             Mingus, TX               5  14-12   38
  Day 1: 5   14-12  
73. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL              5  14-12   38
  Day 1: 5   14-12  
75. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              5  14-11   36
  Day 1: 5   14-11  
75. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               5  14-11   36
  Day 1: 5   14-11  
77. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          5  14-10   34
  Day 1: 5   14-10  
77. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA          5  14-10   34
  Day 1: 5   14-10  
77. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         5  14-10   34
  Day 1: 5   14-10  
80. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          5  14-09   31
  Day 1: 5   14-09  
81. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR            5  14-07   30
  Day 1: 5   14-07  
82. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       5  14-06   29
  Day 1: 5   14-06  
83. John Murray            Spring City, TN          5  14-05   28
  Day 1: 5   14-05  
84. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                5  14-04   27
  Day 1: 5   14-04  
85. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN            5  14-03   26
  Day 1: 5   14-03  
85. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA  5  14-03   26
  Day 1: 5   14-03  
87. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          5  14-02   24
  Day 1: 5   14-02  
88. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                 5  14-00   23
  Day 1: 5   14-00  
89. Josh Bertrand          San Tan Valley, AZ       5  13-15   22
  Day 1: 5   13-15  
90. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             5  13-14   21
  Day 1: 5   13-14  
91. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        5  13-12   20
  Day 1: 5   13-12  
92. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL           5  13-11   19
  Day 1: 5   13-11  
93. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            5  13-05   18
  Day 1: 5   13-05  
94. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY          5  13-04   17
  Day 1: 5   13-04  
94. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            5  13-04   17
  Day 1: 5   13-04  
94. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           5  13-04   17
  Day 1: 5   13-04  
97. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          5  13-02   14
  Day 1: 5   13-02  
98. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL             5  13-00   13
  Day 1: 5   13-00  
99. James Elam             Tulsa, OK                5  12-15   12
  Day 1: 5   12-15  
100. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI            5  12-13   11
  Day 1: 5   12-13  
101. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL             5  12-07   10
  Day 1: 5   12-07  
101. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        5  12-07   10
  Day 1: 5   12-07  
101. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                5  12-07   10
  Day 1: 5   12-07  
104. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              5  12-06    7
  Day 1: 5   12-06  
105. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               5  12-00    6
  Day 1: 5   12-00  
106. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          5  11-05    5
  Day 1: 5   11-05  
107. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            5  11-04    4
  Day 1: 5   11-04  
108. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              4  09-01    3
  Day 1: 4   09-01  
109. Darrell Ocamica        New Plymouth, ID         0  00-00    0
  Day 1: 0   00-00  

Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       107       539      1732-12
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         107       539      1732-12