Brent Chapman is all smiles right now. "I'm feeling a lot better than I was about 9:30 this morning," he said. He has three bass in the livewell for a total weight of 5 pounds, 7 ounces to go with his one small bass from Day One. BASSTrakk has him in fourth after two days with 7-0. He caught the three today very near the point where his fish from yesterday came. He's within site of the Shelbyville Dam, and he's dragging a football jig in deep water. When we pulled up to talk to him, our boat was in 22 feet of water. He's patiently dragging the jig across the bottom, sometimes slow-crawling it with the reel handle.
Chapman, recently on Cloud 9 after being crowned 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, was dejected after 10th among the dozen All-Star anglers yesterday. It's amazing what a few good bites will do for your mood.