Chris Zaldain is watching the 3 footers slam into the boat ramp. Today he's glad to be on shore.
I'm a shallow water angler at heart. I've dabbled in a little off-shore deep stuff, but for me, I was raised in a foot of water and that's where I want to be.
While covering Brett Preuett this morning, you could feel the frustration in the air as thick as the humidity. After having 18 pounds in the well by 9:30 on Day 1, Preuett was scratching his head as he was still looking for keeper No. 2 when 9:30 rolled around this morning. The one he had in the boat, a small keeper, was nothing more than a place holder in Preuett's eyes knowing he needs big Ross Barnett bass to stay near the top.
Preuett slowly worked the 2-to-3-feet-deep pad stem field that he had had so much luck in on Day 1. He would Power-Pole down periodically in the scattered stems to make a cast to each and every one. His Poles wouldn't make it halfway under the water before they made contact with the hard bottom.
After pounding the heart of the pad stems, Preuett circled to the inner edge and eventually to the outer edge of the stems. It was there, with his 8-foot Power-Poles just past half staff, that Preuett put on a little show catching one solid 4-pounder and 3 more keepers in short order. After a few more minutes without a bite, Preuett eased back toward the bank through the scattered pad stem field without any luck.
Then he turned to me and said, "If I don't get bit pretty quick, I'm gonna go back out there to that deep stretch."
That's why I love cajuns.
Four feet deep doesn't sound like much to a lot of anglers but to a cajun raised on the bayou, 4 feet is pretty deep. Louisiana is home to premiere shallow water fisheries such as the Red River as well as countless little-known bayous, oxbows and backwaters full of fish.
Learning how to fish in the shallow waters of Louisiana gives anglers like Greg Hackney, Cliff Crochet and Brett Preuett an advantage when they head over to fisheries like Ross Barnett...in March...with fish charging the banks. Preuett showed that on Day 1 and it remains to be seen what he'll do here on Day 2.
For now, we leave him with his "deep" bite and roll on to the next one.
Shaye Baker: if rain is good then more is on the way. After checking the forecast, the conditions as they stand now are forecasted to continue through the remainder of the day.
Not until midday tomorrow is the wind expected to shift from the rain-drenched south to the forecast move to the west on the compass. The temperatures are expected to hold steady as well, with the high-60s for today only giving way to the low 60s tonight. That’s not too extreme when you consider the warming effect the influx of water has on the shoreline patterns that seem to be producing for the leaders.
So beyond the forecast we could see more weights on the heavy side as the water warms. And of course, these guys dial into the patterns influenced by such conditions.
Brett Preuett went on a catching spree where he put 3 small keepers and this good fish in the boat to fill his limit. He knows he has to cull all but one of these fish to remain relevant, but after a slow start to the morning the momentum is definitely swinging into his favor.
"I can't catch them on what they all bit yesterday."
Preuett is having to slow down despite the front which should have the fish aggressively chasing everything in sight. For now, slow is the way to go.
Larry Puckett fights a small keeper to the boat.
Day 2 on Ross Barnett is rainy and a bit crowded.
Caught up with Brett Preuett this morning. Preuett put himself into 4th place yesterday with 18-6. As I rolled up, he motioned that he had 1 small keeper. "I don't see them jumping," he said, referring to a conversation we had yesterday. In this area on Day 1, Preuett could actually see them jumping out of the water as they fed. He put 18 pounds in the boat and was gone by 9:30. It's 9 o'clock now on Day 2. Preuett's going to have to put on a show if he plans to keep pace with his Day 1 schedule.