Duckett shutout in Day 2, misses final cut

Published 11:04 am Saturday, February 20, 2010

Demopolis angler Boyd Duckett did not catch a fish in Day 2 of the Bassmaster Classic Saturday on Lay Lake, falling short in his bid to repeat as champion on the lake where he won the 2007 Classic Title.

He is currently listed in 49th place with 1 pound, 2 ounces and well outside the 25-boat cut-off to fish in the event’s final day tomorrow. He is more than 30-pounds behind leader Jeff Kriet and more than 15 pounds of the 25th place boat.

The Top three headed into tomorrow’s final – Jeff Kriet, Kevin VanDam and Todd Faircloth – are separated by only three ounces.

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Duckett’s 2010 Classic got off to a forgettable start. An engine failure early Friday put him a considerable hole from which he wasn’t able to recover.

“I was running a new Mercury engine, and I’d used it through my practice days,” he wrote on his Bassmasters Blog for ESPN. “But this morning, right off the bat I ran it hard for 30 miles in the cold. I really pushed the engine, and it was just too much for the conditions.”

Duckett was unable to repair the engine and finished Friday fishing from his brother’s boat, who had been trailing him as a spectator.