Five Carolina anglers will fish Championship Sunday
After leading the 2022 Bassmaster Classic on Day 1 with 20 pounds, Bryan New of Saluda, S.C. had a tough Day 2, bagging 13-7, the lowest weight of the day for any of the Top 10 anglers heading into Day 3
Luckily, New only slipped to 3rd place, well within reach of first. His 33-7 total weight is 3 pounds shy of Jason Christie from Park Hill, OK and Kyle Welcher from Opelika, AL, who are tied for first with a total weight of 36-7.
Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., who sat in 6th place heading into Day 2, finished the day in 10th place after bagging five bass weighing 13-10, upping his 2-day total weight to 31-12. Hank Cherry, Jr. of Lincolnton, N.C. made a huge jump on Day 2, rocketing from 41st place all the way to 11th heading into Championship Sunday. Cherry brought 19-9 to the scales on Saturday, the best weight of all Top 25 anglers on the day.
Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C. held his ground pretty firmly, slipping only one spot from 20th to 21st. Brandon Card of Salisbury, N.C. improved from 27th to 23rd, good enough to make the all-important Top 25. Only those 25 anglers will fish on Sunday.
Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, S.C. improved his standings from 48th to 34th with a solid bag of 17-6. KJ Queen of Catawba finished in 48th place. Shane LeHew, also of Catawba, finished the Classic in 50th place.
Sunday will be an exciting day. The tournament is still up for grabs with numerous anglers — including five from the Carolinas — within very realistic range of toppling leaders Christie and Welcher.