2012 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3 Smith Lake - Jasper, AL, Oct 4 - 6, 2012

Better the second time around?

Lee King works a topwater bait in the early morning fog at Smith Lake. Topwater baits will produce many bass at this event.Mark HicksLee King works a topwater bait in the early morning fog at Smith Lake. Topwater baits will produce many bass at this event.
Wednesday got off to a bad start even before we left the Holiday Inn. The coffeemaker in our room brews one cup at a time. You put the little coffee pouch in its holder and pour a cup of water in the top. Then you put the cup under the spout and turn the thing on.

I went through all the steps, or thought I had, and headed off for the shower when I heard King’s excited voice.

“Mark! Where’s the pot?”

“Pot? What pot?”

“The coffee pot!”

“There is no coffee pot. What’re you talking about.”

“The coffee maker is dumping coffee all over the place!”

I had forgotten to put the cup under the spout.

I believe this tournament will produce more fish than the last Bassmaster Southern Open here in May 2010. Elite Series pro Andy Montgomery won that event with 34-9. He was the only angler on the pro side to weigh three five-bass limits.

I caught my only two bass on the co-angler side of that event on the second day. They weighed a meager 4 pounds, but I wasn’t far from making a check. That tournament had a 15-inch minimum size limit.

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