But Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro is running off and hiding from the rest of the field in the Bassmaster Southern Open.
Adams had the largest weight of 185-man field for the second day in a row, and he carries a lead of almost nine pounds into Saturday's third and final day, with the berth in the Bassmasters Classic on the line.
Adams caught a 5-fish limit on Friday that weighed 13 pounds, 13 ounces, giving him a 2-day total of 34-10. His margin over Alabama's Bradley Roy, who is in second place, is an ounce short of nine pounds; Betje had 13-4 on Friday for 25-11. Pete Bejte of Charlotte is third with 24-1 after an 11-9 limit on Friday.
Matt McBee of Concord had the big bass on Friday among pros, a 6-pound, 5-ounce largemouth.In the co-angler ranks, Glynn Goodwin of Marietta, Ohio, holds the lead with 15-10. Tom Mcdermott of Madison, N.C., the first-day leader, is second with 12-13.