Mark Tucker may be the most relaxed man in the field. As we photographed him he started up a conversation and trolling motored over to us to talk about the tournament. He's fished six or seven events here but won't be making the run to his favorite water in Pool 3. He might do it against a lesser field, he said, but with this field the short fishing day that resulted would be a death sentence.
Now we've found a true community hole -- six boats scattered around some gnarly stumps. Jeff Kriet jokingly bet us he could idle the next mile without hitting something. He made it about 30 feet before he thwacked a stump the size of a Volkswagen. I'd love to have a fiberglass shop or prop repair shop nearby. It would be absolutely recession-proof.
It took us four tries in Pool 5 to find anyone. My boat driver Chris took me to Little Ninock and Bulldozer but they were empty, as was Bishop's Lake. Finally we found a couple of anglers in Caspiana but it's awfully muddy back here. Still, it has wads of matted hyacinths that just beckon for a flipping stick.
The lock will close at 7:50 with 16 boats total, including some heavy hitters. Then again, they're all heavy hitters
Davy Hite is drinking Muscle Milk, his tournament day staple. "Welcome to the gun show," said Mark Zona, his observer for the day.
As my boat driver Chris and I sped to the lock, we saw Bobby Lane headed the other way -- mechanical problem, gamesmanship or last minute indecision?
We have a murderer's row of river rats lined up on one side of the dock here at Red River South -- Greg Hackney, Stephen Browning and Bill Lowen. That's a lot of shallow water bass fishing expertise in a confined area.
To win on the Red River takes four similar steps, but the devil is in the details, which change from minute to minute, so even a seemingly foolproof plan to can be undone by one variable that doesn’t play out as expected.
Flipping and pitching legend Denny Brauer has never seen a waterway or situation that didn't cry out for the big stick and a short line.
Oneida was the sole reason Elite angler Bernie Schultz signed up to fish the Northern Opens.