This was not the result that two anglers who call Grand Lake home were expecting during the Walmart FLW Tour stop here.
Randy Blaukat of Joplin was 39th and Jay's Darrel Robertson wound up 44th in the 147-pro field.
Both wound up catching 10 fish limits over their two days, but neither made the cut.
Blaukat was fourth after Thursday's first round with 20 pounds, 3 ounces, but struggled on Friday, turning in a bag that was 10 pounds lighter.
“I caught fish (where he'd had success on Thursday), but they were little ones,” he said. “The big ones moved off that spot. I wound up losing two pretty good ones flipping later in the day. That would have given me 15 or 16 pounds. Other than that, it was just a tough day. I struggled all day.”
Blaukat has been fishing on Grand since he was 5 years old. His parents owned a trailer on the lake.
“I have always liked it,” he said. “It's close to home. I spent my teenage years on the lake every weekend. It's a good quality fishery.”
Robertson struggled on Thursday, weighing in only 12 pounds, 6 ounces.
But he improved to 17-2 on Friday.
“If the water had been this clear yesterday, I would have known a lot more about what to do,” Robertson said. “I couldn't catch the fish I wanted to catch yesterday. I probably caught 30 keepers today. Yesterday I caught five.”
He said he'd lost several large keepers both days that might have bolstered his total considerably.
“You've got to catch them,” Robertson said. “That is why I like fishing this thing and why it's so tough. You can't make mistakes. If you have the opportunity to catch a fish, you better catch it. Some of these other guys aren't going to make that mistake.”
Both took home checks; Blaukat netting $10,256 and Robertson $9,766.