Day Two: Guides' analysis

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    How the worm turned. Leaders fell and pretenders
    became contenders on Day Two of the Bassmaster Memorial,
    just as two Fort Worth fishermen had predicted.

    Bassmaster.com asked area tournament anglers Mark
    Perry and Chad Tregellas to give their views on the
    first two days of the year's first major on fickle
    Eagle Mountain Lake.

    Both said they anticipated weights would be down from
    Day One, but they didn't think only 15 anglers would
    eclipse 10 pounds.

    "I'm really surprised with how small the limits some
    of this guys are bringing in," Tregellas said. "If
    they tried to hit the same water two days in the row,
    it usually doesn't work out here. It just goes to show
    how hard this lake is to fish."

    Perry said the Eagle Mountain bass are psychotic, and
    that the lake's "unpredictable nature came out. The
    guys who could adjust on the fly moved up. Mike
    Iaconelli had the biggest sack. The guys who stick
    with one thing fell by the wayside."

    It's hard to believe, but Perry said many of the pros
    said Friday was a better day than Thursday.

    "They said the fishing was better bite-wise, but just
    smaller fish. I hung out in the marina and quiet a few
    boats were working the docks," Perry said. "I think
    most of these guys, the ones who couldn't adjust, got
    left by the wayside. A lot said a recurrent theme,
    'the lake won.'"

    Tregellas said pressure over the past few days
    probably played a big part, as did sunny skies.

    "They struggled a little bit more than I thought they
    would. The weather just made it tough, plus all the
    pressure on the lake. The days before they got here,
    there were three tournaments on this lake and they've
    hit it two days in the row. That's pressure."

    Tregellas said he saw John Crews fishing the same
    point as Iaconelli, and they brought in the biggest
    bags of the day.

    "They were sitting on the same spot and the fish just
    turned on on those spots. That's what fish do on this
    lake, " he said.

    Tregellas pointed out several anglers whose fortunes
    swung wildly, like Alton Jones weighing in 11-9 Thursday and 2-9 Friday
    and Gary Klein's fall from 11-7 to 4-6.

    "If you try to duplicate what you did yesterday, you
    can struggle," he said. "It was tough on them. It
    doesn't surprise me. This is a tough lake to fish. I'd
    rather fish a tournament on any other lake than Eagle
    Mountain, and I live there."

    He also noted John Crews making the cut by increasing
    his bag from 6-10 to 15-6.

    "It didn't surprise me to see the guys who struggled
    on the first day to do well on the second day,"
    Tregellas said.

    The top 12 head about 10 miles south of Eagle Mountain
    to Benbrook Lake for Saturday's round. Perry and
    Tregellas said there aren't many tournaments on the
    lake, which was closed several months ago but recently
    saw water levels rise about 8 feet.

    "It just recently opened back up a month ago. I'm
    assuming there's going to be a lot of floating
    vegetation," Perry said. "I know this lake has a lot
    of double-digit fish."

    Perry said he thinks 15 to 17 pounds might be leading
    with the cut to Sunday's Super Six in between 10 and
    13 pounds.

    "That's pretty stout on that lake," Perry said.
    "There's decent-size fish being caught. People who
    used to fish it said they've caught 20. There are a
    lot of good tournament-size fish, it's just another
    fickle fishery."