Gary Klein with his fourth keeper. (Photo by marshal Mike Wyatt)
My last note covered the 16 anglers who have missed every cut so far in 2013. In the interest of equal time, I want to pay tribute to the 15 pros who have earned a check (finished in the top 50) in each of the first three events this season.
Alphabetically, here they are: Brent Chapman, Boyd Duckett, Edwin Evers, Greg Hackney, Charlie Hartley, Gary Klein, Jeff Kriet, Ish Monroe, Pete Ponds, Matt Reed, Skeet Reese, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle, Dennis Tietje and Kevin VanDam.
Of course, there are no guarantees that such early success will result in AOYs or Classic berths, but it’s a pretty good bet that 12 or 13 of those anglers will be in the 2014 Classic and a better than even chance that one of them will be our AOY. That’s just the way it works.
The water where Scalon is fishing is already 59 degrees. I suspect that most of the pros will catch more bass today than yesterday.
Then again, quality, not quantity, is the name of the game. Any pro that solves the kicker bass puzzle will make a big jump in the standings.
Scanlon sets the hook and gingerly works a strong bass in on spinning tackle. He soon scoops up a keeper smallmouth to fill his limit.
He looks happy to get the limit monkey off his back, but he needs to do some serious culling before day's end.
It's scary out here on Bull Shoals Lake this morning. Photographer James Overstreet and I just got on the water, and JO has got his freak (mask) on!
It's a little chilly, not bad. The guys who wanted wind today are getting it.
We just pulled up on Skeet Reese, who is 12th after two days. We saw him catch his second fish -- a 1.75-pound smallmouth.
He's on the move again, and we are too.
Overstreet has told me to be afraid, be very afraid.
As I sent off my last blog post, I looked up to see Scanlon is already culling. However, all his bass appear to be smallies that won't go 2 pounds.
Vinson just hooked up with his first keeper. But the lively spotted bass jumped off at the boat.
He's fishing in the back of his pocket, casting to a small stream.
He's hooked another and another. Now he has two in the boat. Both small spots.
They hopefully won't make the ride to the weigh-in. But Vinson's not taking any chances.
Bradley Roy boats his second keeper.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Mark Woods
Terry Scroggins just caught his fifth fish; he has about 6.4 pounds.