The winds blew, the waves crested and the Bassmaster Elite Series pros dragged scads of smallmouth bass across the scales.
"I ran all the way down to Ticonderoga, went to the rod box. It was locked, and I realized my wife had the keys to it back in the truck. It went downhill from there."
Read how healthy, chubby smallmouth swirling around the 20,000-acre Smith Mountain Lake. ate the lunch of many of the anglers.
After weights generally increased Friday from Day One, the forecasted cloudless skies and calm conditions were bound to put a premium on the early morning bite.
Cloud cover, steady winds and generally warming water temperatures no doubt boosted the field as a whole.