Keith Combs leads Bassmaster's Falcon Slam

Updated: March 21, 2013, 8:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ZAPATA, Texas -- Keith Combs had a first-day catch of 34 pounds, 13 ounces Thursday to take the lead in the Bassmaster Elite Series' Falcon Slam.

Combs, from Huntington, has worked as a guide at Falcon Lake the past nine winters.

"I didn't feel like that was going to be a big factor, but I think it was," Combs said. "After my practice doing other things, I knew I couldn't catch them doing anything new, so I lived off history today. I felt it was my only chance. I knew if I caught them out there today, they'd be big."

Combs had a 4-pound lead over Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla. Josh Bertrand of Gilbert, Ariz., was third at 30-5. The winner will receive $100,000 and a spot in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

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