Natchez angler Davis leads after first day at Casting for Cash tour

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 30, 2004

VIDALIA, La. &045; The first day of the Isle of Capri Casting for Cash Big Bass Tournament produced a number of fish just short of 5 pounds, but no big lunkers were caught during Saturday’s competition.

The competitors will be out on Lake Concordia and Lake St. John again today, trying to land that one big fish that will bring them victory. The tournament awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at the Isle of Capri casino.

On Day 1, Don Davis of Natchez led the standings with a 5.56-pound bass landed on Lake Concordia, the only fish that weighed in at five pounds or more.

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There were no very large fish caught, but tournament director Eddie Roberts said he thought the average size of the fish was fairly large, in the three-pound range.

Most of the big fish on the first day of competition were landed on Lake Concordia, though Lake St. John produced four of the 10 largest fish.

The only two bass that weighed more than 4.5 pounds were caught on Lake Concordia, Davis’ fish and a 4.60-pound fish landed by Mike Owens of Spearsville, La.

That bodes well for those competitors who fish Concordia today. Half the field was put on Concordia Saturday, the other half on St. John. Today, they will switch.

Davis has the lead after the first day, but it’s still anybody’s game.

In the Big Bass format where only the angler with the single largest fish wins the top prize, it takes just one good catch to win it all.

&uot;I think the 5.56-pound fish, that will be beat tomorrow,&uot; Roberts said. &uot;Someone could get a seven-, eight-pound fish. It’s very possible.&uot;

James Earl McManus of Vidalia, fishing on Lake Concordia Saturday, said he thought a six-pound fish might win the tournament given the size of the fish anglers were bringing in Saturday.

Out on Lake Concordia, the strategy wasn’t just about how to catch fish.

With prizes ranging from $300 to $75 for the largest fish landed during two-hour long periods throughout the day, anglers tried to time their catches to win that money as well as the overall prizes.