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

2013 West Point Lake Battle Live Blog

Hackney moving again

9:47 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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He pulled up in a pocket close to where he started the day. Greg made a quick cast a cruiser fish but it took off.

 

He is working the back of the pocket. There is a small grass area he is picking apart with his flippin stick.

 

Camera boat just showed up.

 

-Russell Sanders, Bassmaster Elite Series Marshal

McCaghren offshore

9:33 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |

We found Billy McCaghren fishing offshore, the first pro we've seen doing so. He leaves before we can get close to him.

 

Jonathon VanDam is fishing a point nearby. He says he has two bass that will go 3 pounds.

 

"I wasn't expecting to tear them up," he says.

 

We've just learned that there are several boats in Yellowjacket Creek.

Hackney has one in the well

9:20 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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Greg Hackney has one in the livewell; it's not a big one but a start. He caught it shallow on a clay bank using a senko.

 

The rain is finally here. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.

Bermuda Triangle

9:13 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |

 

We're covering water looking for pros. With its many pockets, West Point seems to swallow boats like the Bermuda Triangle.

 

We finally found Mark Davis; he was casting furiously with his electric motor on high speed.

 

A light rain has started falling, enough to prompt my brothers in crime to don rain gear. I put my rain gear on before we took off. This ain't my first rodeo.

Howell with his 2nd keeper

9:11 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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Ashley with a 3-pounder

9:11 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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Casey Ashley with a 3-pounder early on Day One.

Murray's got a limit

9:09 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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John Murray with his limit fish. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Howard Avery.

Murray clocks No. 4

9:07 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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John Murray with fish No. 4 early on Day One. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Howard Avery.

Hackney on the move

8:53 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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Greg Hackney worked a bedding fish for 30 minutes with no luck.  It is hard to see her with the cloud cover and she did not seem locked on which is a bit odd.  He decided to move away for awhile to let things rest.

 

After a 10-minute ride, he is fishing a shallow pocket working a buzzbait and spinnerbait pretty fast around the pocket till he gets to the grass all the way in the back.

 

He is back with the jig working the outer edges of the grass with the odd cast in the thicker junk just to see if anyone is home. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.

Grigsby & Kiriyama share pocket

8:49 am EDT, May 2, 2013 |
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Shaw Grigsby and Kotaro Kiriyama are fishing within 50 yards of each other in a pocket off the main lake. Neither looks like they're going anywhere soon. They both appear grim and determined. We leave them as they do battle. 

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