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.
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
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.