ALBA, Texas -- Arlington, Texas, can be proud of Randy Maxwell.
The Skydye T-shirt magnet who won the Big Bass Splash at Lake Fork in 2006 took the Day One lead Friday by hauling in a 10.16-pounder that he caught on a Grande Bass Rattlesnake in the third hour of the tournament.
Randy Maxwell's big fish held on for the lead through Day One.
"I know the lay of the lake and it's nice," Maxwell said. "If you are out for big bass, this is the place to go. After the first cast, I knew it was going to be a good day.
"It was the same area and same time, 7:05 a.m., that I caught the bass that won me the tournament in 2006. I was shaking like a leaf. I went to bait my next one, I couldn't get the hook in there."
Maxwell caught an 8-pounder on his next shaky cast.
"There were stacked in there for a minute and that's how they do with the water as low as it is," Maxwell said. "You have to stake out your first spot, especially on the first day. All you want is one."
Maxwell's 2006 bass of 9.17 pounds held up the entire three days, and he hopes this one can but thinks there's going to be some larger fish.
"I hear it's going to take 12-something to win it," he said. "The big fish are biting this year. It's the best I have seen in a long time."
David Roork was the first angler to win Friday, topping the 6 a.m. hour with a 6.51-pounder.
"It didn't feel that heavy until I pulled him in, but it was fun," Roork said. "I caught him on a Senko. I have some buddies at the lake house out here and come to fish this lake pretty often. I guess I've been doing this tournament for the last six years and never won the money, but this feels great. Now I'm going to kick back and relax."
Roork's partner, Bill Walters from Lewisville, Texas, followed with a 9.37-pound bass to win the 10 a.m. hour and sit behind Maxwell in second for the largest fish of the three-day tournament.
"Yeah, my partner won it this morning and we went back to that spot. I guess it was my turn," Walters said. "I used a crankbait in 42-feet of water. They were suspended there floating at mid-level. It was very exciting, especially when he jumped out of the water. I yelled, 'Get the net.' "
Gary Vick of Mansfield, Texas, won the 7 a.m. hour with a 9.17-pound bass he caught on a jig and a worm.
"I was fishing in about eight-feet of water and didn't know I could get him," Vick said. "I sure didn't expect to get a big one like that. There will be double-digits out here, but it might hold up for three good tries."
Charles Dale, of Broken Bow, Okla., weighed-in a 8.01-pounder and Caleb Wages of Mayflower, Ark. caught at 6.98-pound bass in the 7 a.m. hour, as well.
Ken Blackard from Kaufman, Texas, won the 9 a.m. hour with a catch of 6.67 pounds.
"I hit my bait across the bottom and that's where he was at," Blackard said. "I couldn't believe it. That's my biggest fish."
Grand Prairie, Texas' Rick McRay took home the money for the largest bass, 8.30, in the 10 a.m. hour.
"I caught him on jig in 27-foot of water," McRay said. "It was unreal. There it was."
Ed Frantz of Krugersville, Texas, didn't think his fish would stay in the lead, but he won the 11 a.m. hour with a 2.67-pound bass.
Roy Walton, of Oakhurst, Texas, came in with an 8.01-pounder during the noon hour by "bush hogging" in deep water, but Brian Lucas of Alexandria, La., took home the top weight in the noon hour by landing an 8.91-pounder.
Aaron Colby, of Jefferson, Texas, won the last hour of the tournament with a 7.78-pound bass.
"I had caught 14 fish in five to 15 feet of water and got that one," Colby said. "I've come to this tournament with my dad, Russell, for the last 12 years and I had to drive down from Wyoming where I work to get here. This is my vacation."
Cole Simpson of Redwater, Texas, caught the next largest fish at 6.59 pounds in the 1 p.m. hour on a jig fishing 10-feet deep close to the bank in the west end of the Lake Fork.
The competition continues Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.