Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Bring on the current

9:53 am EDT, May 30, 2014

This screen shot from my MacBook says it all. Everyone in this tournament is living for the magic hour of 1 p.m. As the screen shows it’s when the TVA begins generating at Douglas Dam.


What that means is an instant turn-on for the bass. They’ll polarize around offshore targets—main lake points—and hide in ambush for bait as it comes by in the current.


What that means is the later flight, the better. And also the closer to the dam. Even all the more the better.

No. 5 was a toad!

9:15 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Opens angler Micah Frazier checks in from Douglas Lake.

Community hole breakup

8:31 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Yesterday at this time the community holes were easy to spot. Covered in boats. Not so today. It seems everyone is looking for new water. Or a place to themselves. We’re seeing more boats working isolated areas.


It's kind of like Thanksgiving dinner when everyone gathers around the table for first servings and then finds their own cozy spot for the afternoon leftovers. Here it’s probably all about the holes drying up or not being as productive as everyone thought yesterday.


Conditions at this time yesterday: Breezy and cloudy. Now: Slick, calm and bright.

East Tennessee sunrise as Day 2 begins

6:46 am EDT, May 30, 2014

The sun rises over the Smoky Mountains as Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #1 presented by Allstate begins. 

Getting in line for Day 2 take-off

6:12 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Anglers line up for Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Northern Open #1 on Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tenn.  

Boat trouble for Aaron Martens

6:08 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Not a good way to start the day when you are boat number one. And can't find your insurance card.

Can you say upgrade?

3:12 pm EDT, May 29, 2014

Opens co-angler Travis Dehart lands a 5-pounder for a serious upgrade.

Need four more of these

2:13 pm EDT, May 29, 2014

Emerson lands a nice Douglas bass

1:48 pm EDT, May 29, 2014

Mount Orab, Ohio, angler Jeff Emerson shows off a Douglas Lake catch.

Early action?

8:58 am EDT, May 29, 2014

News from Brandon Card is that his (lightweight) limit came within the first hour of fishing. Meanwhile, Brandon Palaniuk caught three keepers weighing 3 1/2 pounds apiece. He caught those on consecutive casts at his first stop of the day.


For now the job at hand is producing a photo gallery. The community holes are easy to locate and are populated with photo ops. Elsewhere, there likely is acton happening in the far reaches of the creeks. It’s too time consuming to make such runs, at least for this morning. Evidence of shallow water success is visible in many of the practice pics posted to the blog. Look in the background of some of those photos and you’ll see shoreline on either side of the subject.