7th: Christie Stayed Put
> Day 1: 5, 22-03
For the second straight year, Jason Christie finds himself among the Top 10 after day 1 of the Classic. He'd like to stay there or advance tomorrow and have a shot at the win on Sunday.
"The thing on this lake is on the first day, I wanted to be in contention and the same thing after the second," he said. "The third day, at Guntersville if you're within 5 pounds, you have a chance to win. All you can ask for in the Classic is a chance to win."
Officially, he's 5-05 behind Tharp, but considering he was ready to abandon his area after much of it was too muddy even by his standards, he's thrilled to be where he's at.
"I didn't really have a very good practice and I always seem to do better in tournaments whenever I pick an area and stay in it," he said. "I don't mean a cove or a bay, but a general area – a 5-mile stretch – and I was just about to abandon that stretch early and said, 'No, this is where I want to fish at,' and it's what I ended up doing.
"I ended up catching one or two where I thought I would and I thought I had a place where I could really catch them and it just didn't happen. I had to move around and really felt like I went fishing just to catch something and I ran into a few good ones. I didn't know what else to do."
It's a mix-and-match pattern for him depending on what type of cover he comes across.
"I'm fishing a lot of moving baits, but I'm having to fish a lot of different stuff because it's one area. I'm not running the lake looking for rock or grass. I'm fishing the area and fishing what it's giving me. Today, it gave me mud, but it also gave me 22 pounds."