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Demopolis angler leads Lay tourney

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama's Boyd Duckett took the first-day lead in the Bassmaster Classic at Lay Lake on Friday, catching a total of 19 pounds, 14 ounces.

Duckett of Demopolis also won $1,000 for catching the largest bass of the day, a fish that weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

Randy Howell, also of Alabama, was second at 17 pounds, 15 ounces, and Skeet Reese of California was third at 17 pounds, 8 ounces.

Alabama anglers took a step toward reversing the "Classic Curse" on the first day of competition.

In the 36 years of the event, an angler from the host state has never won the marquee event. In addition to Duckett and Howell, Timmy Horton of Muscle Shoals was in fourth at 17 pounds, 5 ounces.

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