KELSEYVILLE — On Friday, Jared Lintner not only held onto second place in the FLW National Guard bass tournament, he also cut into the lead heading into today’s finals.
Only the top 10 pros will be vying for the championship today on Clear Lake. Randy McAbee Jr. of Bakersfield held onto first place, but his lead over Arroyo Grande’s Lintner was sliced from 5 pounds to 4 pounds, 5 ounces
Lintner’s 20-pound, 12-ounce limit was the sixth-heaviest pro bag weight Friday. His 15 bass for the tournament weigh 62-3 while McAbee, who has led all three days of competition, has brought bags to the scales totaling 66-8.
The other Central Coast pro, Clark Small of Solvang, failed to catch a fish Friday and skidded from 37th to 69th with a weight of 32-11.
Two of the three amateurs from the Central Coast receded in the standings. Ken Whalen of Lompoc dropped from 32nd to 43rd with 9 fish for 25-12 weight, and Whitney Uyeda of Buellton slipped from 38th to 44th with a final weight of 25-6 for 9 fish. Grover Beach’s Andy Levy advanced from 78th to 72nd place. He finished with a 15-4 total for 5 fish.