It doesn't take long to get anywhere on Lake Decatur, which has only 3,000 surface acres. Gerald Swindle ran up the lake from the Nelson Park launch site and stopped to fish the bridge pilings near Isaac Walton Park. He had a line in the water 10 minutes after takeoff.
With the wind expected to be up to 20 miles per hour from the northwest by 10 a.m., and blow even harder the rest of the day, these early hours may be more crucial than they usually are in a day of tournament fishing.
Swindle has a few fans standing on the bank in the park. They're within casting distance of him at times as he works his way around the bridge pilings.