BASS/Gary Tramontina

Day 2: 5, 15-11 (10, 29-09) Aaron Martens is still optimistic about his chances of capturing his first Classic title, and he thinks he knows the spot to possibly accomplish that feat.

“It’s one of the only places I know here that you can catch a 20-plus bag,” he said. “It could happen easily. They’re coming up and they’re wanting to spawn (and) it’s the cleanest water in the area. It’s a no-brainer. I’ve been thinking about it all afternoon.”

Martens spent a portion of Saturday thinking about something else – a 6-pound fish that came unbuttoned.

“The 6-pounder was a freak, I don’t know why I lost her,” he said. “I had her hooked and I got her to the top, so I don’t know why she came off. I had to use pliers on almost all of my fish today, but that big one got off, maybe because it had a bigger mouth, a harder mouth.