We've boated a good ways up a major creek arm in search of Casey Scanlon. We found him casting to a gravel point. B. J. tells me that we are close to Mountain Creek.
There's a nice surface chop, which should put a smile on the faces of the pros that are power fishing.
Scanlon is not power fishing. BASSTrakk has him with four bass already.
We’re three and a half events into the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season, and it’s not too early to assess your situation if you’re an Elite pro with hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
In fact, if you’re one of the 16 Elite pros who has yet to make a cut in 2013, it’s not too early to start thinking about Plan B. In Elite history, only one angler has failed to make a cut in the first three events and still qualify for the Classic. Aaron Martens did it last year, and he did it by stringing together five straight tournaments where he finished 28th or better. If A-Mart had a better start to that season, he might have a second Toyota Trucks Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.
Here are the 16 Elites who have failed to make a cut so far in 2013: Tommy Biffle, Kevin Hawk, Kenyon Hill, Davy Hite, Jamie Horton, Tim Horton, Kevin Ledoux, Yusuke Miyazaki, Andy Montgomery, Brandon Palaniuk, Chad Pipkens, Chip Porche, Bernie Schultz, Kevin Short, Michael Simonton and Dave Smith.
Unless they bounce back with a vengeance, their only real shot at a Classic berth is to win an Elite event ... or sign up for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens and win one of those.
In the last few minutes, Vinson has boated a small nonkeeper and nice crappie, but no sniffs from keeper bass.
He did most of his damage late in the day yesterday so he's relaxed and seems to be enjoying the fact you can catch so many different kinds of fish on this lake.
The water temperature is 58 this morning, which is up 3 degrees from the last two days.
Vinson is still plugging away. He says he's still marking fish on his electronics. And reminds us, or himself, that much of what he's fishing didn't develop until later in the day.
"I just don't know what this debris will do," he said.
A few minutes later he jumps down in the driver's seat, saying he's going to clean up the area.
He takes his boat on a fast idle and zig zags back and forth for about a 1/4 of a mile, then does it again.
After five minutes he stops.
"It looks better already," he said.
He then moves to the back of the pocket to let the area rest.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chad Doerr
I'm on the water again with ace photographer, Seigo, and boat driver B.J. Davis of Mt. Home, Ark.
We found Aaron Martens fishing a short pocket off the main lake not far from the marina. I know that he has been catching some of his bass sigh fishing, but he's not doing that yet.
He told use he put a good fish in the box before we arrive. It was likely the first bass caught today.
Martens is wielding a spinning outfit. No surprise there. I suspect he will start looking for spawners once the sun gets higher. I'm expecting a heavy bag from Martens today.
Gary Klein sets the hook on a nice keeper smallmouth.