Thank you, Carol, for the ride back to the car!
Cody Green with a 6-pound, 7-ounce on Smith Lake bass.
Third place angler Brandon Lester is catching fish. He's very confident and says today's sunny conditions will help add to his weight. Remember that leader David Kilgore said the same thing. Clearly, they both are on to something.
Look for my story about Brandon tonight here on bassmaster.com.
Further down the leader board in 15th place is Shaw Grigsby. He's catching fish too and offered this thought of the day.
The sunny, calm conditions will hamper the umbrella rig bite.
There's a lot of A-Rig slinging going on so it'll be interesting so see how that prediction turns out.
As for Shaw he said the best practice days for him on the days with the worst weather. Might be time for a change in plans for Shaw.
Fans with cameras big and small documented the early take-off.
Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle (top) waits on the dock for take-off. TowBoat US (middle) is always on the scene at launch. Tournament Director Chris Bowes (bottom) leads the morning's proceedings.