2013 Elite Series West Point Lake Battle West Point Lake - LaGrange, GA, May 2 - 5, 2013

2013 West Point Lake Battle Live Blog

Eyeballs on the Elites

9:16 am EDT, May 3, 2013

Reese appears to be looking at one. His Power Poles are down.


It is still overcast, but there are a few patches of blue sky peeking through. It's gotten brighter. The bass should be a little easier to see for the time being.


A spectator boat draws near. Two guys from LaGrange on vacation. They just came past Kurt Dove who is 80 yards away in the opposite bank. They say they saw Dove catch his fifth bass. Things are happening here big time.

Bernie Schultz has a limit, looking for more.

9:09 am EDT, May 3, 2013

Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders sends in this report on Bernie. He has his limit.  4 small spots he caught out a school and 1 solid 5 pounder.  All caught on top water.


Mother lode of Elite pros

9:03 am EDT, May 3, 2013


We're idling farther up this narrow creek and come across four more pros. Brandon Palaniuk is one of them. He tells us he has three. Either this is a better fishing day, or we've found the pros that have found the bass.


Farther up the creek, we find Skeet Reese. Can't get miss that yellow wrap. A hundred yards past Reese we see what might be Dean Rojas. We can't be sure, and it's a too shallow up there to move any closer without interfering.


Now we pass James Niggemeyer, fishing slowly tight to the shoreline. Reese is well off the bank.


Snyder tells me that you could walk across this part of the creek last year because the water was so low. The grass grew tall on the dry ground, making good bass camera cover.


Reese idles past us and says he has three decent bass. He shuts down 50 yards past us and resumes fishing.

2 lb second fish for Nate Wellman

9:02 am EDT, May 3, 2013

Dove is ready to start culling

9:00 am EDT, May 3, 2013

It's No. 5 for Kurt Dove, and he's ready to start culling.

Fralick with a limit

8:58 am EDT, May 3, 2013


Jami Fralick's limit fish.

Ashley with a huge keeper

8:56 am EDT, May 3, 2013


Casey Ashley brings in a huge keeper. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chad Patterson

Combs in quiet water

8:40 am EDT, May 3, 2013

Combs runs into a deep cut that has quiet water. He is still power fishing aggressively. Combs picks up after a few minutes of casting and idles farther up the creek past Boyd Duckett.


Suddenly we can see seven other pros fishing in this area, including Bill Lowen.


"I've got two so far," he says.


Seconds later he swings and misses. The agony is apparent. Lowen is fishing slowly,  picking things apart.


Snyder tells me the lake has come up a foot since yesterday. If you like scenic, wooded shorelines, you'll enjoy fishing at West Point.


Lowen sets the hook with light spinning tackle and gingerly battles and lands keeper number three.

Miyazaki boats a limit

8:34 am EDT, May 3, 2013


Yusuke Miyazaki with his limit fish. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Howard Avery.

Ashley with a quick limit

8:31 am EDT, May 3, 2013

Casey Ashley gets a quick limit on Day Two of the West Point Lake Battle. Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Chad Patterson.