One ounce

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Oh, what a difference an ounce makes.

You can see it a couple times on BASSCam from the Berkley Power Bait Trophy Chase: an angler catches a bass that ranks on the back end of his limit, gets the scales out and trades a 1 pound, 13 ounce bass for a 1 pound, 14 ounce bass.

It seems insignificant and almost looks like a waste of time, but the pros in the Toyota 12 know the difference an ounce can make, and it proved itself again in the race toward the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of Year title. One ounce either way took Skeet Reese from a slim, to a commanding lead after the Trophy Chase.

Reese weighed in 15-3 on Sunday, which gave him a two-day total of 29-7. It turned out to be 1 ounce heavier than Tommy Biffle, putting Reese in second place instead of third.

Kevin VanDam rebounded from a rough Day One, which he said was a 3 out of 10 on a performance scale, with a 14-8 day and a 25-6 total. But it turned out to be 1 ounce shy of Gerald Swindle's 25-7, putting VanDam in sixth instead of fifth.

Maybe in a regular season tournament with the points spread out, it wouldn't have made that much of a difference, but in the postseason, it could mean the title.

VanDam now sits 16 points behind Skeet Reese. Had those 2 ounces gone the other way, and Reese had finished third, and VanDam fifth, VanDam would trail Reese by seven points, which is essentially two places.

For a better idea of the power of an ounce, consider these two finishing scenarios and what it will/would have taken VanDam to win.

What VanDam needs to win as it stands

*Would result in a tie

Scenario had the ounce gone the other way

*Would result in a tie