EVANS, Ga. — Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner has had better starts at Clarks Hill Lake in his three previous Bassmaster Elite tournaments here. He’s in 32nd place after Thursday's first round.
From all appearances fishing is more difficult this time around. The competitors are blaming it on the fact that the blueback herring spawn has ended. Previous Elite events on the 39-mile long impoundment that forms part of the border between Georgia and South Carolina have taken place during the spawn. The result has been winning weights around 68 pounds over four days.
Lintner, who has cashed checks in his three previous trips here, opened with a 10-pound, 11-ounce limit Thursday. That’s only 14 ounces less than his starter limit as a 2006 rookie when he went on to a seventh-place finish and a four-day weight of 50-7.
He opened in 41st place in 2006, 17th in 2007 and 26th in 2008.
Only two anglers weighed more than 15 pounds of fish Thursday and 18 of the 93 entrants failed to weigh a 5-fish limit.