Bassmaster Marshal Bill McNutt shows us Chip Porche's second catch of the day.
Cliff Prince is fishing well offshore and has a limit that will go 9 pounds. There is a very slight ripple on the surface that isn't enough to make power fishermen happy.
Prince is not power fishing.
Today is opening day of turkey season in Arkansas. We've heard one gobble and one shotgun blast.
Water clarity amazing. Marshall Bill McNutt
Shimizu catches bass number four, a Meanmouth. The bass is a cross between a smallmouth and a largemouth.
It's important to know the difference because the length limit for a Meanmouth is 12 inches and 15 inches for a smallmouth.
Vinson is mixing it up trying to fire the fish up this morning. He popped a couple quick but only one kept. He's swapped rods and baits 5 times since then.
He just set the hook on keeper number two and put it in the boat. This fish showed itself by breaking the surface. He turned and cast to it and then the fight was on.
"I feel like I'm on Clarks Hill," Vinson said. Clarks Hill is notorious for roaming bass.
"The wind had them pushed up against the bank yesterday and they're just roaming around today."
The wind that blew 20-30 mph yesterday is non-existent today. Flat calm conditions threaten to shake up the leader board but Vinson's off to a good start and the Rooster won't go down without a fight.
Another for Kurt. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Perry Johnson.
Shaw Grigsby's first catch of the day. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jim Beavers.
KVD with #3 . A 1.75 lb-er small mouth. Fog is getting worse.
We found Morizo Shimizu fishing in bright early morning sunlight. He is just off the main lake and the water is still. Things are looking up for the sight fisherman.
Shimizu is not sight fishing. Seigo tells me that Shimizu is Japan's Michael Iaconelli. Shimizu hasn't had anything to scream about yet.
His colorful blue and yellow wrap really pops in the early sunlight.
Shimizu sets the hook and gingerly works a nice bass to the boat. He scoops the bass into the boat. It's his third keeper.