Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

A smooth launch

8:07 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

A light rain is falling this morning on the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open at Ross Barnett. Launching is going as smoothly as it did yesterday. Madison Landing is an excellent facility. Plenty of boat ramps, ample parking.

Waitin' for the pros

8:05 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Robert Murphy (left) and Joe Lee wait for their pro partners to go fishing on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

It's all about the ears

9:52 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Chad Wiley sent in a photo of his lucky mouse, which he received from his 10-month-old son, River.


Keep an eye out for Mouse-ka-tools on Day 2 on Ross Barnett!

Browning's co-angler with a nice one on Day 1

9:39 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

This is a great fish that my partner Satoshi Obata caught today. Had our adrenaline pumping big time.

McClelland talks Day 1 on Ross Barnett

7:08 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

McClelland talks Ross Barnett after taking the lead on Day 1 of the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Central Open #1 presented by Allstate.

McClelland leads

6:48 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Mike McClelland just took the lead with 23-5. 

Kevin Short ("K-pink") on his 22-pound bag

6:48 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Preuett takes midpoint lead

5:28 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Brett Preuett takes the lead halfway through the Day 1 weigh-in at the Central Open on Ross Barnett. 

Somebody's got to catch 'em

1:05 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Obviously, at the end of the day somebody's leading every tournament no matter how tough the bite was (or supposedly was) during practice. Lots of anglers were singing the blues at registration last night. 'I only had one bite yesterday' or 'This place is whooping my butt.' But for every 25 or 30 of those guys, there's a guy sitting quietly just waiting for the tournament to start. Those are the ones you gotta look out for. 


Pair those sleepers with ever improving conditions, and somebody's gonna catch them today.  Big. There were a few whispers of big bags being caught during practice. Single big fish more than anything because anglers seldom sat on areas or stuck with patterns after catching a good one. 


The weather today, nice and overcast. A little drizzle here and there but nothing major. Several storms passed through earlier this week though. The last week's worth of nightly lows have been warm and rising into the 50's. When you get 50 degree nights and warm rains in March, the water temps jump like they have here. The water temp is currently 55 degrees. To me, 52 degrees has always been the magic number. When the water temp crosses that threshold, the big females move up for one last feeding session before jumping on the bed. With big shallow sticks like Tommy Biffle and Greg Hackney here and every local on the prowl, somebody's gonna connect with a wad of big ones up shallow today. 

Wheeler on the move

12:53 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Jacob Wheeler is on the move and in search of an open fishing hole. Wheeler made a pass through the congested pad stem flat and decided to keep on rolling.