2013 Elite Series Ramada Quest Bull Shoals Lake - Bull Shoals, AR, Apr 19 - 22, 2013

2013 Ramada Quest Live Blog

Vinson's area riddled with debris

7:10 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

Vinson has made it to the area. The debris doesn't seem to bother him much.


He said this is the first time he's seen it here, knowing the wind pushed it there overnight.


He said he's going to fish through it a little while, then run his boat up and down the bank to break it up and hope it stays off. Should be interesting.


Meanwhile, he quickly hooked up. But it's a big white bass.


"That's where the bass have been all week, wherever these guys are," he said.


No time for complacency

7:07 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

The pre-launch atmosphere at the marina was less hectic due to the field being cut to 50 pros. The mood is more upbeat than tense, as it had been the first two mornings.


Any pro that makes the first cut should feel proud of the accomplishment. Many do, and justifiably so.


However, I can see how easy it would be to be complacent if you're low in the top 50 cut and have little chance of making a big leap into the final 12. You've overcome the first major obstacle at ever Elite Series event, and you're assured enough in winnings to cover your expenses, and then some.


But, any pro worth his salt can't allow that to happen. Every bass, every ounce, earns points needed to qualify for bass fishing's Holy Grail--the Bassmaster Classic.

Haseotos on a fish

6:55 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

BJ Haseotes fishing for No. 2. (Photo by marshal Bill McNutt)

Vinson at his spot

6:54 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

We beat Greg Vinson to his spot and we see a couple things that will likely distress him.


First, there's a turkey gobbling on the point he's been fishing and local turkey hunter has his boat pulled right on top of Vinson's juice.


The second and probably more troubling is the addition of a bunch of trash (leaf litter, sticks and logs) on much of his bank. That won't move the fish but with his moving baits it could cause him issues.


The turkey hunter has abandoned the gobbler. We no longer hear it and he came out empty handed so we guess he boogered that bird.


He's gone just a minute or two and Vinson shows up. We'll know if these things become issues shortly.

A good feeling in the air

6:49 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

You can feel it in the air: This is going to be a good fishing day on Bull Shoals. The air is refreshingly cool, there's a slight  breeze and a hazy overcast.


You get the sense that the bass will respond well to most any presentation.


That's never true, of course, but I'm sure most of the pros are feeling optimistic this morning.

Gary Klein's first keeper

6:48 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Mikel Wyatt

Wind equals bites

6:45 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

Mark Hicks mentioned earlier the changes for the day, most notably the warmer temperatures. But in our section of the lake a huge change is no fog. The biggest reason for that is the wind.

More wind equals more bites this time of year.

That bodes well for everyone.

Warmer Day Three

6:07 am CDT, Apr 21, 2013

The air temperature this morning is in the mid 40s, much warmer than the previous two days. The morning bite was fast yesterday for many of the pros. It could be even better this morning.


Since the water didn't cool as much last night, it's likely that more bass will be shallow today.


Only a few of the pros have had success sight fishing. Among them is Aaron Martens. If some heavy females start nesting wherever he's fishing, he could move up in the standings big time.


Another pattern that is likely to evolve is bass in or near the bushes. This cover was high and dry during practice, but the rising water is beginning to creep into this cover.

The fish are flying

4:42 pm CDT, Apr 20, 2013

Charlie Hartley had 'em flying in the boat. (Photo by his Marshal Robert Sanabria)

Hartley sets the hook

4:33 pm CDT, Apr 20, 2013

Charlie Hartley sets the hook on a beautiful Day Two of the Ramada Quest. (Photo by his Marshal Robert Sanabria)