Lunker Helps Ehrler Take Bassmaster Classic Lead

With the help of a 9-pound, 12-ounce largemouth bass, Brent Ehrler took the first-round lead in the Bassmaster Classic, which began Friday on Lake Conroe near Houston.

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Ehrler finished the day with a stringer weighing 23-3 for a lead of just over one pound, according to reporting by Game & Fish's sister publication Bassfan.com

Bradley Roy was in second place with a 22-1 total.

2017 Bassmaster Classic Leaders

from BassFan.com

1. Brent Ehrler: 23-3

2. Bradley Roy: 22-1

3. Cliff Crochet: 21-8

4. Mike Iaconelli: 21-2

5. Clifford Pirch: 20-11

6. Dave Lefebre: 20-6

7. James Elam: 20-1

8. Alton Jones, Sr.: 19-13

9. Wesley Strader: 19-9

10. Matt Herren: 19-7

Despite anglers facing treacherous conditions due to strong winds, seven anglers had stringers of more than 20 pounds.

Defending champion Edwin Evers was 13th in the 52-angler field with a first-round weight of 18-3.

The three-day tournament continues Saturday morning on Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre reservoir on the San Jacinto River.

Take-off from Lake Conroe Park begins at 8:20 ET. Weigh-ins are scheduled at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Gates open at 4 p.m. ET. Actual weigh-ins begin at 5:30 ET. Admission is free.

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