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

2013 West Point Lake Battle Live Blog

Hackney back at his first stop

11:08 am EDT, May 2, 2013

Greg Hackney is working his way back to where he was working a bedding fish this morning.

 

This pocket has a bit more breeze in it as he works his way back to the bed.  He is using a senko around small sapling trees, old pole timber and branches in the water. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.

Ike's got 4

11:02 am EDT, May 2, 2013

Michael Iaconelli just landed keeper No. 4. — a 3-pound spot. It nailed his crank. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.

Run-and-gun fest

11:00 am EDT, May 2, 2013

We're having trouble getting close to the pros to photograph them. When we come around, they stop fishing and jet away. I'm beginning to get a complex

 

We finally corner Davy Hite in a quiet pocket. He has one bass.

 

"He's not a big one, but he's a the champ right now," Hite says.

 

He darts across the cove and casts a topwater bait to a flooded bush. No takers.

 

Take that back. He just hooked a solid bass. It jumps, shows off its fat belly and throws the bait. Hite throws his arms up on despair. He quickly regains composure and goes back to work. No use crying over spilled milk

And that's a limit for Ashmore

10:53 am EDT, May 2, 2013

Hackney has his second

10:35 am EDT, May 2, 2013

Greg Hackney just flipped a solid keeper in the boat; he caught it flipping a creature type bait.

 

The rain has stopped and there is a very light breeze on the water now.  It's still overcast. Greg is being very stealthy as he slowly works the grass edge.  He is working every bit of the leading edge of the grass area. He is bypassing the grass closer to the shore line in this pocket.

 

Update by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.

KVD on point

10:27 am EDT, May 2, 2013

We're working our way back to the ramp when we come across KVD again. This time he's fishing a windy point. Three spectator boats have found him.

 

When asked how he's doing his response is, "not so good."

 

KVD pulls up his trolling motor and he's gone.

JVD has one on deck

10:24 am EDT, May 2, 2013

Browning fishing flooded trees

10:06 am EDT, May 2, 2013

Stephen Browning is fishing flooded trees. He kneels to cast under some low branches. These guys will do whatever it takes to catch a bass. He's still looking for his first bass of the day.

 

"I ain't worried yet," he says with a confident smile.

 

His mood will change if he doesn't box one in the next hour or so.

Nearly a limit for Scott Ashmore

10:00 am EDT, May 2, 2013

By Bassmaster Marshal Avery 

Kriet has small limit

9:55 am EDT, May 2, 2013

A lot of boats have been running this morning. You get the sense that no one is on a pile of fish.

 

We found Jeff Kriet fishing flooded trees. He catches keeper number five as we draw near. He quickly catches another that he tosses back. He lands another small one minutes later that also goes back into the drink.

 

"The big ones are hard to come by," he laments.

 

He has thrown several different baits in the short time we've been watching him.

 

We slip over to Chris Zaldain who is fishing a shoreline nearby.  He has two in the box. The rain has let up, but it is still heavily overcast. The air temperature hasn't come up yet. It's still in the low 60s. Snyder tells me the water temperature is 68.

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