MUSKOGEE, Okla. — For the second tournament in a row, Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner seriously threatened his odds of achieving his goal of qualifying for the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing — the Bassmaster Classic.
On Friday at Oklahoma’s Fort Gibson Lake, he skidded to 45th place in the standings after opening Thursday with an 18-pound, 5-ounce limit that had him in fifth place. Lintner’s four fish on day two weighed just 7 pounds, 8 ounces. It was the seventh-lightest bag weight logged by the 93 pros on day two of the event.
Lintner did manage to survive the first cut. although he barely did so. He qualified to fish Saturday by two ounces. His two-day weight is 25-13. Last week at Kentucky Lake, he missed the 47-man cut when he caught just two bass and finished in 83rd place.
The fifth-year Elite pro still holds some hope of finishing among the top 37 in the final 2010 Elite standings, a feat that would put him in the Classic field in 2011.
At least 19 of the anglers who currently are positioned ahead of Lintner in this the final regular-season competition have been mathematically eliminated from Classic qualification.