Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Avery Neely
Kevin Short actually likes fishing in bad weather. "The hotter, the wetter, the colder it is, the better as far as I'm concerned. I know it messes with some guys' heads, but I can tune it out."
No Elite Experience is complete without a walk across the Elite Series stage.
My smartphone is working again now that I've come off the water. The last time I tried to blog, it wrote two sentences by itself. I couldn't understand a word of it. I guess smartphones aren't really that smart after all.
The rain let up enough for us to make a run. We found Matt Reed fishing the causeway of the same bridge that Shryock had been fishing earlier. He catches a small one and tells us he has five babies.
Keith Combs pulls up to the bridge and fishes the riprip down the opposite side from Reed. He's twitching a jerkbait. He tells us he has three keepers.
Hank Cherry was the third and final visitor today to my home-away-from-home - the Highway 109 bridge. Cherry said he had about 10 1/2 pounds.
He worked some of the same riprap and bridge pilings that Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese had fished before him. But, as has been mentioned repeatedly this week, that isn't wasted effort. You're just as likely to catch a bass following behind another angler as you are if you're the only man there all day.
These West Point Lake bass are extremely finicky this week.
As soon as Cherry fished under the bridge, my ride arrived. James Overstreet and I are going back to our hotel to dry out our equipment before the weigh-in.
The Bassmaster High School Elite Experience offers young anglers the opportunity to come out and learn from today's top pros like Shaw Grigsby, who is seen here teaching anglers how to tie a loop knot for topwaters.
Matt Lee addresses a group of high school anglers at the West Point Bassmaster High School Elite Experience.
As he alluded to in an earlier blog post, Aaron Martens has been concerned that he needs to be fishing for largemouth bass instead of the spotted bass he has concentrated on all morning.
James Overstreet reports that Martens has given in to that concern. He's been fishing laps around a brushpile with a drop shot, trying to entice a big one. Martens can see fish following his bait on his sonar, but he hasn't had a bite yet.
No one is happier than me right now over the fact that Carhartt became a B.A.S.S. sponsor two years ago. Our bassmaster.com crew was issued Carhartt rain suits for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River.
Mine passed the weather test then, but it really has today. I'm toasty and, most importantly, dry. In this rain, when Overstreet cranks the big motor, it feels like needles are hitting any exposed skin. It's the true test of a rain suit - 70 mph rain drops.
If I was wet today, you wouldn't want to read the complaints coming from my candy ass. I'll probably still do some moaning and groaning in this weather, but it won't be because I'm wet.
With Steve Bowman on the water, we have upped our number of good blog entries, but we may have to pull him off the water soon, as we are hearing reports of a growing menace back in La Grange.
Photo by gilesli.com