Leader Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tenn., displays his catch after Day 1 of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite on Thursday in Clayton. Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

CLAYTON — Jacob Foutz said he’s a big fan of smallmouth, especially when they do the things that allow him to tally a big limit like the 27-pound, 15-ounce bag that leads Day 1 of the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite on the St. Lawrence River.

With mild and mostly sunny conditions, Thursday yielded a Bassmaster Elite Series record 61 bags of 20 pounds or more. Foutz, a rookie from Charleston, Tenn., heads into Day 2 leading fellow rookie Jay Przekurat, of Stevens Point, Wis., by a half pound.

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