With both arms working, New takes the lead on Day 1 at the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell

Bryan New of Saluda, SC leads after day one of the 2022 Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic Academy presented by Huk at 20 lbs.

Photo by Chris Brown/Bass

March 4, 2022

With both arms working, New takes the lead on Day 1 at the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell

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GREENVILLE, SC — It turns out competing in bass fishing’s biggest professional event is a little easier with two strong arms.

After struggling during last year’s World Championship with a broken right wrist, a healthy Bryan New weighed in five bass on Friday for 20 pounds to take the lead in the first round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on Lake Hartwell.

New, who has a long history of tournaments on Hartwell, narrowly edged out Alabama pro Kyle Welcher (18-13), Louisiana veteran Greg Hackney (18-9) and Alabamian Steve Kennedy (18 -9) a day when 18 fishermen brought at least 16 pounds to the scale.

“Honestly, I feel like this is my first Classic,” said New, who broke his wrist during last year’s Classic practice on Lake Ray Roberts in Texas. “I’m not saying I would have won last year if I had had two hands. But I’m a natural right-hander, so trying to learn how to reel left-handed in the Classic was not a good situation.

New boat docks targeted Friday to catch five bass that were all in the 3 1/2 to 5 pound range. He was tight-lipped about his baits and presentations, saying only that he used a combination of “slow baits and fast-reacting baits.”

But he said all the bass he weighed came from boat docks – and as that’s easily his favorite structure to fish in, he plans to stick with them for as long as he can.

“I think there’s a very good chance this tournament will be won at the fishing boat docks,” said New, who has career victories at the St. Croix Bassmaster Opens presented by the Mossy Oak Fishing Tour. and the Bassmaster Elite series. “I fished probably a hundred docks today and really caught them on six or seven.

“These docks may or may not replenish, but there are plenty of docks on this lake. It’s not like you’re going to run out.

While he plans to resume his dock pattern on Saturday, New knows there might be a time when he will have to catch a fish around another type of structure before the tournament is over.

“At some point in the tournament I will have to mix other things up,” he said. “Maybe not tomorrow, but again maybe tomorrow.

“It’s not something I want to do. I caught my very first bass around a boat dock – and right now, my very last.

Welcher was even more tight-lipped about how he caught his bass, saying only that he expected more fish to move shallow with the weather as warm as it has been.

Putting nearly 19 pounds into the pool on Friday reminded him of a solid day he had in training. But he said he also had days when he only had a handful of bites and it was hard to catch even a 3-pounder.

“Bass can literally be anywhere here,” Welcher said. “The difference between catching a 1 1/4 pounder or catching a 4 pounder may only be a few throws. It’s a very fine line between bringing 12 pounds and bringing 20.

“I’m just going to try to get as many bites as possible and hope they weigh a lot.”

Like New, Kennedy spent time targeting the docks and managed to land the Berkley Big Bass of the day – a widemouth 6-7 – around one after sniffing the fish the first time it bit. He wouldn’t say what bait the big bass missed. But after resisting the urge to relaunch it, he returned nearly an hour later and landed the fish on a wacky-rigged Senko.

“I saw the fish come up and inhale the bait the first time it bit, and I didn’t even sting it,” Kennedy said. “It’s just difficult when you see everything happening in front of you. I didn’t pound him to death with the same bait. I just went back later and caught it on that Senko.

Kennedy said he’s seen bass all day on his electronics, but it’s hard to get them to bite in super clear water. While he caught 15 bass, he said he could have caught many more.

“I felt like it was just a terrible execution day,” Kennedy said. “I lost a 5-pounder that I had hung. I missed that 6-7 the first time he bit.

“I always say if I catch the bites I get I’ll be on the hunt. I didn’t quite do it today.

Hackney said he spends his day “trash-fishing,” meaning he does a bit of everything – largely because he couldn’t dial in a single model that produced all day. His bag included a 5-pound bigmouth and a 4-pound spotted bass.

“It was hard for me to get stung,” Hackney said. “I chose the area where I fish because I can fish a species and turn around [and] fish for each other.

“The spots have gotten bigger on this lake – and a 4-pounder is a 4-pounder.”

The tournament resumes Saturday with a 7 a.m. ET liftoff from Green Pond Landing and Event Center. After Saturday’s weigh-in, only the top 25 anglers will advance to Sunday’s championship with a top prize of $300,000 and the sport’s most coveted trophy at stake.

Fans can catch all the action with streaming coverage on Bassmaster.com. The Classic will also feature four hours of live coverage on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. ET, as well as four hours of championship coverage on Sunday on FS1 starting at 8 a.m.

The annual Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Marathon will be held at the Greenville Convention Center with on-site exhibitors selling a variety of merchandise for fishing, hunting, camping and more. Expo hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Bassmaster Classic is organized by Visit Anderson and VisitGreenvilleSC.

2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk 3/4-3/6
Lake Hartwell, Anderson SC.
(ANGLER) Ranking Day 1

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Bryan New Saluda, SC 5 20-00 0
Day 1: 5 20-00
2. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 5 18-13 0
Day 1: 5 18-13
3. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 5 18-09 0
Day 1: 5 18-09
3. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 18-09 0
Day 1: 5 18-09
5. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 5 18-07 0
Day 1: 5 18-07
6. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 18-02 0
Day 1: 5 18-02
7. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 5 17-06 0
Day 1: 5 17-06
8. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 5 17-05 0
Day 1: 5 17-05
9. Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 5 17-01 0
Day 1: 5 17-01
9. Marc Frazier Newnan, Georgia 5 17-01 0
Day 1: 5 17-01
11. Lee Livesay Longview, Texas 5 16-14 0
Day 1: 5 16-14
12. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 5 16-13 0
Day 1: 5 16-13
13. Jared Miller Norman, OK 5 16-11 0
Day 1: 5 16-11
14. Joey Nania Cropwell, AL 5 16-10 0
Day 1: 5 16-10
15. John Cox DeBary, FL 5 16-09 0
Day 1: 5 16-09
16. Justin Hamner Northport, AL 5 16-08 0
Day 1: 5 16-08
17. Hunter Shryock Ooltewah, TN 5 16-03 0
Day 1: 5 16-03
18. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 5 16-01 0
Day 1: 5 16-01
19. David Mullins Mount Carmel, TN 5 15-13 0
Day 1: 5 15-13
20. Matt Arey Shelby, North Carolina 5 15-12 0
Day 1: 5 15-12
21. Scott Martin Clewiston, Florida 5 15-09 0
Day 1: 5 15-09
22. Cory Johnston CavanCANADA 5 15-06 0
Day 1: 5 15-06
23. Daisuke Aoki Minamitsurugun Yamanash 5 15-01 0
Day 1: 5 15-01
24. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 5 15-00 0
Day 1: 5 15-00
25. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 5 14-11 0
Day 1: 5 14-11
26. Buddy Gross Chatanooga, TN 5 14-07 0
Day 1: 5 14-07
27. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 5 14-05 0
Day 1: 5 14-05
28. Wes Logan Springville, AL 5 14-03 0
Day 1: 5 14-03
29. Tristan McCormick Burns, TN 5 14-01 0
Day 1: 5 14-01
30. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 13-15 0
Day 1: 5 13-15
30. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, Michigan 5 13-15 0
Day 1: 5 13-15
32. Taylor Smith Valleyford, Washington 5 13-13 0
Day 1: 5 13-13
33. Nick LeBrun Bossier City, LA 5 13-12 0
Day 1: 5 13-12
34. Chris Johnston Otonabee ON CANADA 5 13-07 0
Day 1: 5 13-07
34. Matt Robertson Kuttawa, Kentucky 5 13-07 0
Day 1: 5 13-07
36. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 5 13-06 0
Day 1: 5 13-06
37. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 5 13-02 0
Day 1: 5 13-02
38. Shane Powell Dothan, AL 5 12-14 0
Day 1: 5 12-14
39. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 5 12-12 0
Day 1: 5 12-12
40. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 5 12-01 0
Day 1: 5 12-01
41. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 5 12-00 0
Day 1: 5 12-00
42. John Crews Jr Salem, Va. 5 11-12 0
Day 1: 5 11-12
43. Drew Benton Blakely, Georgia 5 11-12 0
Day 1: 5 11-12
44. Seth Feider’s New Market, MN 5 11-11 0
Day 1: 5 11-11
45. Jacob Powroznik North Prince George, Va. 5 11-04 0
Day 1: 5 11-04
46. ​​Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 5 11-01 0
Day 1: 5 11-01
47. Joshua Stracner Vandiver, AL 5 11-00 0
Day 1: 5 11-00
48. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 5 10-14 0
Day 1: 5 10-14
48. Drew Cook Cairo, Georgia 5 10-14 0
Day 1: 5 10-14
50. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 5 09-08 0
Day 1: 5 09-08
51. KJ Queen Catawba, NC 5 09-06 0
Day 1: 5 09-06
52. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 4 09-00 0
Day 1: 4 09-00
53. Matty Wong Honolulu, Hawaii 5 08-14 0
Day 1: 5 08-14
54. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, Texas 3 07-07 0
Day 1: 3 07-07
55. Keith Tuma Brainerd, MN 2 04-04 0
Day 1: 2 04-04
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish weight
1 52 269 775-01
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52 269 775-01

Martin E. Berry