Kenora’s Jeff ‘Gussy’ Gustafson is sitting in 71st place after the first day of the Berkley Bassmaster Elite in Lake Guntersville, Alabama.
Gussy caught his five-fish limit, weighing in at 11 pounds and 12 ounces. Caleb Kuphall of Wisconsin is in first place with 27 points and 10 ounces.
Takeoff each day is at 5:30 a.m., and weigh-ins are scheduled for 2 p.m. The top 48 anglers will move on to Sunday's semifinal, with the top 10 competing for the championship on Monday.
The Bassmaster Elite Series is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments in North America. Anglers compete all season for the opportunity to win points toward the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.
The Bassmaster Classic will be held in Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Worth Texas on June 11, 2021.
After that, Gussy has a bit of a break before his final couple of stops in the Elite Series. The Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain, New York, is scheduled to begin on July 8.