Greg Mansfield reports Gene Eisenmann has five NICE fish, and it looks like he's not slowing down (photo 1). As for photo 2 - "The Auzy is on fire. Already a limit and two nice kickers!"
Randall Tharp set out this morning to work an area of boat docks in the lower lake. He's been there and done it. The result for 3 hours of hard work is 2 keepers in the livewell.
Here's the new twist. We followed him to a riprap shoreline that's near the dam. Upon arrival he pulled out an Alabama Rig. He's sharing water with Carl Jocumsen. As we cruised by the Aussie stashed his rod from view of Tharp. Such is the game of tournament angling.
The skies have cleared. So those wanting sunshine (Kenta Kimura) are getting plenty of it.
Earlier when I wrote the "Day of Chance" headline here's what I was thinking. This is Randall Tharp's big chance to score that triple crown. Not so sure about that right now. He's a top pro and has the skills to close the deal.
As of now there is one keeper in his boat. We're in for the morning with him. So there's no word on how it's going for Kenta Kimura. In talking with him yesterday he told me that sunshine is a must-have for his pattern. He's got it now. The skies are clearing.
So this could be a day of chance for several anglers. We'll keep you posted.
PHOTO BY JAMES OVERSTREET
Good morning from the championship round of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on the lake locally known as "the Rez."
It's a rainy morning on Ross Barnett. There are only 12 boats going out and for leader Randall Tharp that means spreading out.
He just told us his plan is to run more water, including stops at a few docks and elsewhere he's saved for today.
We'll track him down and follow his progress.
Volunteers Camryn and Kathryn from Mississippi College help with the live release boat. Photo by Ryan Hermecz.
If you visit Bassmaster.com often, you know we have a dedicated crew covering all our tournaments. For this week’s Open on Ross Barnett Reservoir, James Overstreet is manning the camera and Craig Lamb is doing the writing. Covering a bass fishing tournament probably sounds like a blast to most of you, and it is, but it also makes for some seriously long days.
We’re generally up by 5 a.m. to cover the launch, then spend the day chasing anglers all over the map. And we’re usually working well into the evening posting the stories, photos and videos of the day.
So how do we stay fired up on these 14-hour workdays? In the past, I’ve been a coffee guy, drinking a couple of big cups in the morning, and another cup of two in the middle of the day. But there are some problems when you combine coffee and fishing — one, if the water is rough, having a cup of hot coffee nestled between your legs is not an awesome experience. And putting my coffee mug into the boat’s cup holder has been problematic at times. At one tournament this year, after a rough ride, I noticed my coffee mug rolling around the deck of the boat leaking hot coffee. And two, most of us need regular bathroom breaks when we’re drinking coffee. That’s not exactly convenient when your office is in a bass boat.
This year I tried 5-Hour ENERGY® for the first time, and I’ve loved it for a few reasons. I can toss a couple of the small bottles in my pocket and hustle out the door in the morning. No need to stop for coffee, which means I can sleep a little longer. It gives me a nice, sustained boost of energy for much of the day. I don’t have to worry about where to store that coffee mug in the boat. And in terms of bathroom breaks, well, I don’t need to stop as often now. Which means we can spend more of our time bringing you all the action from Bassmaster tournaments.
The fog is dissipating but patches remain. Here's the proof, with Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain on board the camera boat with James Overstreet.
The fog has lifted and the anglers are off on Day Two of the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3 on Ross Barnett Reservoir. Photo by James Overstreet.
Shaye Baker (above) and Mike Pharr (below) give us the competitors' perspective on the foggy morning in Mississippi.