On Thursday at the California Delta near Stockton, Arroyo Grande's Jared Lintner had his second-poorest start to a Bassmaster Elite tournament.
It was hardly the way he wanted to launch his fifth year on the tour. But he had plenty of company.
In fact, Russ Lane’s opening-day big fish of 8 pounds, 8 ounces was heavier than the bag weight of 54 of the entrants. Sixty-eight percent of the field of 93 anglers did not have a 5-fish limit. Nine blanked.
Lintner managed to catch only one fish. The 2-pound, 7-ounce bass put him in 78th place. His lone fish on day one of a 2007 event at Lake Toho in Florida weighed 15 ounces.
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This is the second time that the Elite series has come to California. Lintner placed seventh at the Delta in 2007. Aaron Martens, a former Californian, who won here three years ago, caught four fish for only five pounds.
Day-one leader Stephen Browning logged a 21-11 limit.
Friday will be a scramble to make the top 47 and a paycheck.