2012 Bassmaster Classic Red River - Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, Feb 24 - 26, 2012

2012 Classic Live Blog

T-shirt and shorts weather

1:59 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

It's a little bit windy, but otherwise a beautiful day.


Fred Roumbanis is taking full advantage by fishing in a T-shirt and shorts.


The sun is out and the temperature has risen to 75. We've seen some 60-degree water today -- a couple more days like this and it could be lights out.

Biding time

1:54 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

Multiple boats have trickled back to within sight of the Red River South Marina.


Certainly someone could find something special in the last hour or so, but it feels like they are just biding their time.

Anglers leaving Pool 4

1:50 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

More and more boats are disappearing from Pool 4 and heading north to the ramp.


We've got reports from up there that there's a steady stream of boats showing up. Davy Hite left a while ago and nearly got hung up on his way out, but made it out okay.


We're going to check around in the popular areas for stragglers then put it on the trailer.

It's a party somewhere

1:32 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

Kevin VanDam has joined the party in this Red River backwater area, which shall remain nameless.


That brings the total to 14 of the 49-angler field that James Overstreet and I have seen here since 8:30 this morning.


We decided long ago there was no sense in leaving to look for other angers when, sooner or later, they are going to come to us.


There is, however, one drawback to staying in this stump-filled, wind-blown swamp: Overstreet and I have taken to singing our version of the REO Speedwagon hit "Riding the Storm Out." Our refrain is "riding the stumps out," as we pinball to the left when a stump rides down the right side of the boat hull, then lean to the right as a stump slides down the left side of the hull.


And it's only Wednesday. This is going to be a long week.

Anglers getting sparse in Pool 4

1:30 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

Angler sightings are becoming more and more scarce.


Davy Hite is now in the back of Sullivan's checking in on a spot that both Fletcher Shryock and Takahiro Omori have fished.


Hite barreled through a stump-infested stretch of Sullivan's, alarming Yerger. "I can't believe he made it through there," Yerger said.


We're bouncing from stump to stump working our way back.

The wind that was blowing 10-plus miles-per-hour this morning has subsided a bit and the sun's come out, which may pull the bass tighter to the many stumps.

On-the-water video

1:24 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

We've been sticking some videos in the blog, all based on conversations we've had with some of the anglers.


There are, however, bunches of other video on the site from today's action on the water. You won't see a lot of fish catching, just yet. Or get any secrets. But they do provide a good look at the mindset of some of these guys as they go through their final practice day.


You can access those videos, along with several others by clicking on the BassCam link at the top of this page.


If you are really wanting to dig in, check out some of Overstreet's images in the photo gallery. The observant angler could get a clue or two on what could be taking place in the next few days.


As the day wears on, there will be more of these filtering in from Zona, Sanders and Mercer.



Hite not taking a win for granted

1:17 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

Davy Hite has seen a resurgence in the last year. He won at Pickwick, his first win in five years. It was the longest dry spell of his career.


Since 1994, he's won eight events, including the Classic in 1999.


When we set down and talked with him yesterday, he had some interesting things to say about not taking winning for granted.


You can see that conversation here:


KVD on making the right decision

1:09 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

There is no denying that Kevin VanDam has figured out how to make the Classic his event.


He didn't come so close when we were here in 2009. That's a product of the Red River being a difficult place to make a wrong decision in. And the most critical part of the decision making has to take place on Day One.


VanDam explains how important that is in this video:


Palaniuk has an open mind

1:01 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

Brandon Palaniuk thinks it will take an open mind to win the Bassmaster Classic, after seeing the Red River in today's practice.

"The river is changing quickly, and I think the fish are changing just as quickly," Palaniuk said. "I think it's going to be that way all week. Every day there's going to be some kind of change you have to make."

Palaniuk found some shallow backwater that was seven degrees warmer than it was on Sunday.

"You can feel the heat from the sun," he said. "I was amazed how fast it has warmed some of this shallow water. And the wind today has muddied up a few of these areas."

Glasgow catches one

12:53 pm CST, Feb 22, 2012

Moments after spooking a big gator, Glasgow set the hook and landed a small bass.


After six hours on the water and no jerking, I was beginning to doubt that bass actually live here. Now I know there's at least one -- but he's been sore-mouthed