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Day 1 of Wal-Mart's FLW Bass Tournament

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September 19, 2007  5:45 p.m.

RICHLAND, Wash.--Cruising along at 50 mph on the Columbia River. The bigger the Bass, the better. Sean Minderman is quite proud of his 5 lbs catch. With eight more already on-board, he's confident more Bass will surface.

"There up and down the whole river," says Minderman. You can go all the way to Priest Rapids dam and catch 'em, all the way to the ocean. It's full of them all throughout. This is one of the best stretches, at least one of my favorite stretches to fish."

Knowing the layout of the Columbia River is important. Oregon native, Dave Palmer, was a 2005 Bass Masters Classic Qualifier. In his 23 years of competitions, Palmer says research has been a great tool.

"Alot of people are struggling to find water just because its so vast and there's so many areas," according to Palmer. It's tough to find those little spots that holds the concentration of fish."

After a long day of fishing and hoping. Anglers get to show off their Bass during weigh-in.

You're gonna see some pretty big fish out here," said Chad Gay, Communications, FLW Outdoors. And the weigh in is the time where these guys are gonna be proud of what they caught and show off what the Columbia River has to offer."