UPDATED 9:30 p.m. SundayThe big fish potential of Clear Lake manifested itself today, as Ron Tobey of Concord came from behind on the strength of a near 10-pound bass (51.65 pounds total) to edge Mike Folkestad by a pound and a half at 50.17 pounds. Justin Regelin, finished third when he lost .20 p0unds for a dead fish and was credited with 50.08 pounds. (Click here.)

True, Sunday’s final day of competition in the WON Bass Tour event at Clear Lake has yet to be played, but there were some interesting numbers posted in the opening round of the final regular season event in the north. It might be worth noting the following:

70: There appears to be no good substitute for experience in the tournament game. That’s because the guy with the most–70-year old Mike Folkestad–was on top of the standings.

30: As for the venue, there are few waterways entirely in the United States that can produce largemouth bass like Clear Lake. Folkestad’s first-day catch (with co-angler) was five bass wegihing 30 pounds. Specifically, 30.60 pounds.

57: The harsh reality of bass tournament bass fishing in the Golden State remains painfully clear. Despite the phenomenal fishing, the bonus give-aways, and the weekend only format the contest produced just 57 pro anglers for the event. It would appear economic issues are still weighing heavily on this segment of sportfishing.

And one more number, which could also change today: 8.30 (pounds). That was the big fish Saturday, taken by Justin Regelin of Anderson.