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The 'Easy Money' Baitfish

Updated: February 21, 2008, 8:40 PM ET
By Sam Eifling and Steve Wright | ESPNOutdoors.com

GREENVILLE, S.C. — To Chris Lane, the Floridian who will fish his first Bassmaster Classic on Friday, a baitfish is "something silver that gets its butt blown out by a big ol' bass."

So his fascination with the blueback herring is understandable. On South Carolina's Lake Hartwell, the finger-length fish school in large spheres, visible from the surface. During practice, he watched as a striper punched up through one table-sized ball, scarfing fish.

"Of course I'm trying to catch ...

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