A $100,000 game of musical chairs has unfolded after Day One of the Bassmaster Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge. Don't get caught without a school of bass under you when the music stops and the fish start biting.
Elite Series rookie Brandon Card knows Douglas Lake well. As a native of nearby Caryville, Tenn., he's been fishing the big Tennessee Valley Authority impoundment since he was 14 years old.
Bull Shoals Lake proved to be a pleasant surprise during the TroKar Quest last week, mainly because the lake is on an upswing due to recent high-water years and a bass population that has exploded.
One fish on Texas' Lewisville Lake spawned a surge of confidence in Brent Chapman that has led him to the top of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race.
Britt Myers left West Sugarloaf Creek, and we had no desire to follow him out of here
Mid-day has been when Britt Myers caught his best fish this week, and he's got to add a couple in the 4- to 5-pound range to improve significantly from the 13- to 14-pounds he got now. He has caught plenty of fish today, just nothing of any help since he moved from East Sugarloaf Creek to West Sugarloaf.
Britt Myers has seen several indications that the fishing on Bull Shoals Lake today is going to be more like it was Thursday and Friday than on the slower day that came with the cold front Saturday.
Unlike most of the Elite Series anglers in this tournament, Britt Myers has been fishing a bit further off the bank this week. He's targeting water in five to 12 foot depths.
Photographer James Overstreet and I finally found Britt Myers in the thick fog hovering over East Sugarloaf Creek at 7:30 and he already has a limit in the boat, estimated to weigh about 13 pounds.
James Overstreet and I have left Bull Shoals Lake, but not without nabbing another tidbit of news as we loaded the boat in Lead Hill Park. A local tournament was winding up as we left and we overheard a few anglers comparing notes. For them, bass fishing was tough on Bull Shoals Saturday morning. Four teams reported not having a fish.