Getting ready to start the final day weigh in for the Old Milwaukee BASS Nation Mid Atlantic Divisional and look who shows up! My mentor, long time BASS CTA and dear friend, Pee Wee Powers! I love this guy! Good to see him!
Day 3 is well underway and the memory of Jon Stewart singing the national anthem will resonate in our ears for weeks to come. In our opinion, no one does a better job.
The competition during this event has been tremendous and there is a lot of pacing and nail biting going on as we wait for the weigh in at 2 p.m. today. We can all hope that the results are what we would like to be and you can see them by going to www.bassmaster.com The focus is always on the anglers and fish at these events, and we forget that it takes a lot of people to create the opportunity for the memories. It is understood that our national and state sponsors will be recognized all year round. The special sponsors who step up for the regional events deserve recognition as well. The town of Clarksville, Chamber of Commerce and CEDA have made this community fishing friendly and the Lamplighter Restaurant has gone way beyond expectations to accommodate us. They deserve a huge thank you as I know added staff was necessary. Mary Willis, Sheila Cuykendall, and Leslie Wood are all to be commended.
We cannot forget that the B.A.S.S. Nation staff has to volunteer for the entire week after they have already planned for this event for over a year. To make a regional event happen requires hundreds of volunteer hours and by Day 3 they are exhausted. Mike Bryant and Pam Bryant not only had to coordinate a lot of the event, they also had to arrange for food, shelter and other activities for the team and other volunteers. We can also count on Steve Woodroof, VP; Ed Clayton; region 10 director; Bruce Shepherd; and numerous others for help at the event.
We also forget to let the B.A.S.S. staff know that we appreciate the fact that they had to travel and leave their families at home. They do this for a living but we want them to know that we recognize that it is a very stressful job.
My job has been relatively easy this week in that I only had to try to keep the blog updated and to keep our new generation of technology sophisticated individuals from getting bored. The biggest challenge has been to avoid misspelling words and fracturing the English language in the haste that is necessary to keep up the speed in a world that uses texting, Tweeting, Facebook and cloud computing for communication. Thanks for the memories.
Update by Joan Blakenship.
Virginia high school competitors James Graves & Brandon Strayer fish a marina cut.
Daniel Gray catches 2 1/2-pounder on the spot where he caught his Day 2 fish. Same finesse bait as yesterday.
Daniel Gray & Bill Goots have moved to where Gray caught his Day 2 fish. They've gone to spinning rods & finesse baits.
Day 2 leader Daniel Gray is working clay banks with wood. He's hopping from pocket to pocket, starting on the outer points and working through the inside waters.
Day 2 leader Daniel Gray & Bill Goots.
Day 2 leader Daniel Gray with Bill Goots flipping and pitching wood.
More bright, sunny conditions for the start of Day 3 at Buggs Island Reservoir, but clouds and possible thunderstorms are likely later in the day. Anglers will need to plan for shifting weather.