STP pro Stetson Blaylock caught a five-bass limit Thursday that weighed 14 pounds, 6 ounces, good enough for fourth after day one. Blaylock said several times he had nice largemouths come up to his bait, but they wouldn’t quite commit to biting.
“I had an awesome day, but I left some big ones out there,” said the Benton, Ark., pro. “My primary pattern fell through, but the back-up pattern was better than expected.”
Blaylock had most of his weight by 11 a.m. and caught his last kicker at noon. He said he weighed only largemouths and he’s targeting largemouths exclusively.
“Believe it or not, I had a couple of 20-pound sacks during practice. Considering what happened with my primary pattern, I’m still happy to have what I have.”