Ever since the rain stopped, the number of boats gathering to watch Britt Myers has grown steadily. It's up to 25 now, and all are courteously giving Myers plenty of room. He needs it, as Myers is working wide swaths of Douglas Lake, where schools of bass are holding deep.
It's still a little early in the game to describe exactly what he's doing, but let's just say he's making extremely long casts with a deep-running crankbait. Extremely long casts. And he's doing some kneeling-and-reeling to get the bait as deep as possible.
Myers also benefited from a school that blew up on the surface while attacking some shad, catching a keeper from it on what appeared to be a swimbait.
At Friday's weigh-in Myers was lamenting the few number of bites he got that day. He's not having that problem today.
Ott DeFoe with a nice catch in the rain on Day Three of the Douglas Lake Challenge
"It's happening!" yelled Britt Myers as he added a 3-pounder to his limit that he estimates at 16 pounds now.
Just before that catch, Myers landed a 4-pounder.
He started with an early limit that weighed only 10 pounds and has been upgrading ever since, except for during the downpour that hit for 15 or 20 minutes.
As I'm typing this, Myers has caught another bass that has allowed him to cull, and he's starting to cull some bass that would be keepers on another day.
Jeff McAfee sent us this close to 4-pound fish that Pete Ponds has been able to catch during the storm.
Just goes to show you that not everything has shut down.
The storm has officially hit Douglas Lake. The rain is pouring and water is rolling across the parking lot. Thunder is booming and the wind is shaking the War Room. And the satellite that runs the internet feed is out.
I can only imagine what's like on the water. I doubt very seriously that any of our bloggers are able to type anything on an electronic keyboard. I know our camera gear has been stowed.
Some anglers are still fishing, others are more than likely trying to ride it out.
All things considered, things have likely slowed to a crawl for us. It shows no signs of letting up for some time.
There was some concern among the anglers that this weather would impact their catch for the day.
It wasn't the danger they were worried about, it was the low pressure that scared them. Day Two they saw that low pressure sink Matt Reed, who was catching them on the bottom in 35-feet of water. With the rain yesterday, those fish moved to being suspended at 35-feet, but over 60-feet of water.
Others saw their fish pull well off the bottom and sit there for awhile in varying depths. That's why we saw a few folks fall in the standings.
Today with a big storm approaching, you can bet there's some suspended fish. But you would also think the bite would be on in a big way.
But with just more than an hour into the day, about the only angler who is having a good day is Dean Rojas. He has a limit that weighs around 15 pounds, giving him the lead at the moment.
Britt Myers has a limit for about 10 pounds.
Randy Howell, who has taken the lead of the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year race this week, has his limit for about 10 pounds.
There are plenty of other catches, but not big moves and shakes at the moment. We expect those to come from the impending storm.
Photographer James Overstreet and I just found Britt Myers, the Day Two leader, in Mud Creek. And he already has a five-bass-limit weighing about 10 pounds.We've seen him catch three fish in five minutes, although one was a white bass.
"I thought I had a monster," said Myers of the first bass we saw him catch. "It was a 2-pounder I had hooked in the belly." The rain is starting to fall here and the radar doesn't look good, so this may be our last post for awhile.
Take off is done and we're still here on the dock.
Trip Weldon said "if bad weather is imminent, seek shelter immediately."
Well, guess what?
Seriously, we are just going to wait out this first wave of rain and maybe sneak out and do some vids before the next blob on the radar gets here, and it looks like a good one as blobs go.
The anglers have left the dock for Day Three and for those of us getting ready to start watching this unfold, there is a little bit of nervous energy in the air.
All of us have looked at the map on Weather.com and watched as a big red ball of storms is developing and heading this way. It's not a matter of if we get hit, but how many times and for how long.
Some of our bloggers won't be on the water until after it passes. The anglers, though, will.
Any way you slice it today will give us a stormy start.
But we will have a ton of information filtering thru the War Room. Great service for BASSTrakk and once the red ball bounces over us some great BassCams coming your way.
There’s nothing like being at a Bassmaster Elite Series event. But if you can’t be in Dandridge, Tenn., for the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge this weekend, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re on the water yourself.
Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:15 p.m. ET all four days of competition.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament tags his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster.
You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Brent Chapman and Brandon Palaniuk, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Vidoes are posted all four days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on the bubble for the final cut (from 50 to 12 during Saturday’s weigh-in) and to keep up with who has performed consistently and how much they need to bring to the scales to secure a win.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and Bassmaster hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs a 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. After the champion has been crowned, you’ll hear from the winner in his own words — while he’s still absorbing the shock of his win.
7. War Room
At the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, B.A.S.S. introduced the War Room, a concept that was extremely popular with fans. The doors to the formerly private TV and production trailers have been pried open, and you now get to hear what B.A.S.S. officials hear, when they hear it.
Even better, if you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
The War Room runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout competition on Saturday and Sunday. B.A.S.S. reporters take to Douglas Lake, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular BASSTrakk will be running during competition hours Saturday and Sunday. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are.
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!