Launch time is now set for 8:00 a.m. CT here at the Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole. Originally set for 6:20 a.m., the launch was delayed because of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The rain has now calmed down to a light drizzle. The weigh-in time is not affected and remains 3:20 p.m. CT. That means a shorter day of fishing for the anglers. But most would prefer that over postponing for a full day.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer delivers the official word that the Elite Series field will launch at 8 a.m. CT this morning.
Only about 30 boats were in the water when the storm hit. But the ramps are suddenly busy again, now that the worst appears to have passed.
The radar shows that the worst of the storm will pass soon. I suspect the pros will get the go sign soon. Whoops! There's more lightning. Maybe not so soon after all.
Ish Monroe is in 50th place after Day 1 with 12-2. Many of the pros are bunched around the 12-pound mark.
The difference between making the top 50 cut and going home early will likely be one kicker bass of 4 pounds or more. Kicker bass were scarce for most of the pros yesterday.
Those who solve the kicker bass riddle will live to fish another day.
Morizo Shimizu's Ranger taking a much needed restroom break.
I'm on feature-writing duty today, so I'm not at the launch this morning. But I hear the weather at the launch is just like it is here at the Hampton Inn about five miles away. It's raining sideways. The cable is out. The lights have flickered. A quick look at the forecast shows that it's going to rain hard throughout the day. Wouldn't be surprised if this one is called a wash. But in the event that it's not, best wishes to the folks on the water. It's just plain nasty out there.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer gives us a weather update live from the ramp on the Mississippi River in La Crosse.