We just got into McDade Lake, which is much more protected from the wind than Shaw Lake, which is just across the Red River main channel from here. The water color is better in here two.
Fletcher Shryock just landed a bass that appeared to weigh a solid 2 pounds. Mike Iaconelli is here too.
This long lake is supposed to be holding several other anglers, but we're just settling in here.
Martens has left the building. Kriet said he's committed to stay for a while more. Jones remains too, but he's further out toward the mouth.
Roumbanis and Howell are still working along the dam, and Howell has a limit and culled once. He says he's got about 12 pounds. Roumbanis only has one, but said as soon as he gets a limit he's gone. Howell has other plans, though. "This is the only place I've had a lot of bites, but there ought to be a big one here." Howell went on to say he considers the 2 /34-pounder he's got as big. He's dropped his Power-Poles and is working the culvert with a crankbait, jig, and a jerkbait. Roumbanis is throwing a swimbait, probably an Optimum Double Diamond.
Upshaw boated another keeper, much to he delight of the crowd along the dam, many of who are walking along the bank as he moves back toward the mouth of McDade.
Thanks for the questions... keep them coming.
We just got out on the water and I posted a video of the anglers as they ran down from the lock. A good number of anglers setting up shop here, so we will check them out in a minute. First, your questions:
To answer your question about water temps Michael, here on the main river it looks to be 55 to 56 degrees. I imagine it will be higher in the backwaters. As for the clarity, the main river is pretty muddy, but not aweful. I've caught fish on the Arkansas River when it was worse, but that was summertime. Cold and muddy just don't mix. Again, I imagine it will get better in the oxbows.
Bill asked about the wind and how that will affect guys making a long run. Honestly, these anglers won't care. Sure it might get a little rough, but that won't stop them from making the run or pushing it to get every minute they can. They deal with worse than this every tournament.
Mike it was good meeting you too. I hope you enjoy Classic week. He asked about the word on the dock and who was catching them. Dock talk can be pretty funny. I wouldn't trust any of it. For example, I heard Hackney was going to Pool 3, but he didn't leave the launch pool. Plus, everyone thinks they are on them. Fish change, someone is already on them, fish get off. It's all part of the game.
Keep the questions coming. We are almost to our destination.
Who says Overstreet doesn't work hard to get his shots? Here he is shimmying across a log like a possum to get back to the boat.
We haven’t been able to get a hold of David Walker’s boat to confirm Walker’s 7-1 but Hank Weldon, who has been running BASSTrakk for four or five straight Classics, says he’s pretty sure it’s legit. He made the case that the number punched in is too unique. The 7 is not near the 1 and there’s no way he was trying to put in a 71 ounce fish. So, we think it’s good. I should note here though that I’ve seen crazier things happen when some of the Marshals get a hold of the BASSTrakk phones.
Josh Polfer, a Federation angler, has caught two bass in the last 8 minutes, including a 6 pounder. That’s two really nice bass (if Walker’s is legit), and it’s only 9 a.m. That only solidifies the thought that today is going to produce some big bags.
At this point, it looks like the only angler that locked to Pool 3 – that’s a two-lock trip – is Greg Hackney. That’s a long trip. We launched two hours ago, which makes that about a two-hour trip. The first flight checks in at 3, which means Hackney is cutting his fishing day in half by making that run. One thing he gets in return for that run is a whole lot of water all to himself
And then there were three... KVD is the first of the four to leave, blasting off out into the river for what he surely hopes will be a less crowded area.
Just hit the water at the Highway 82 bridge at Coushata. Several anglers just blew past us and we're now in pursuit.