La Crosse bass pro Monsoor moves into final round

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor did just enough to advance to Saturday's final round of the FLW Tour Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event in Alexander City, Ala.
The 17-year local FLW Tour pro dropped two spots into seventh place entering Saturday's final round, but remains in great shape for a hefty payday.
Monsoor caught a five-fish limit weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces, his lightest weight so far in the four-day event, but still has a 36-15 total.
Jason Abram of Piney Flats, Tenn., kept his lead with a total eight of 41-6 on Friday.
"I can't believe it. I made it with the fish I caught," Monsoor said Friday night. "I thought I had maybe 9 pounds."
Monsoor was not the only one struggling to catch larger fish on Friday, perhaps because the spawn has begun.
"There was something weird going on. They weren't biting, just bumping the lures," he said. "I guess it was weird for everyone from what I hear. Maybe they are spawning because they were just pushing away the bait."
Monsoor's largest bass on Friday was a 2.5-pounder, very disappointing by his standards.
"Today was a disappointment, but we'll find out tomorrow," he said. "There's no pressure now. The worst I can do is 10th."
The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic pushed the tournament up one day so it will complete on Saturday rather than Sunday. Monsoor said tournament officials discouraged spectators other than immediate family members to attend this week.