Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Not in this tournament

12:09 pm EDT, Apr 16, 2015

Chris Murphy shows off a nice catch, but it won't count in this tournament.

More photos from launch

11:38 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

All photos by Mark Bilbrey

A nice largemouth

11:17 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

Jeff Brooks puts a nice largemouth in the boat.

Guntersville ways working for Grigsby, maybe

10:54 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

This just in from a soaking wet James Overstreet. He’s camped out in Cooter’s Pond and found Shaw Grigsby. Last week the Florida pro finished 24th at the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Guntersville. Not surprisingly, what drove the respectable finish was Grimsby’s sight fishing skills.


He’s doing that in Cooter’s Pond. Grigsby is working individual beds he most likely found in practice. There is one handicap in the way of the view. It’s the heavy rain that’s moved into the area. The dim light, combined with the low visibility created by the raindrops, makes it difficult to sight in on the fish. But a master can find ways around even the toughest conditions. Grigsby put one fish in the box and is looking for more.


It’s not so easy elsewhere in the pond. Gerald Swindle worked a fish for roughly 45 minutes, only to have it snap his line upon the hook set.


More rain is on the way, making it more difficult for the sight fishing.

The current is calm

8:55 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

I trailered up to Wetumpka, Ala., this morning to launch on the Coosa River. Though the area has seen a lot of rainy days recently, the current is incomparable to what the Elites saw here in May of 2013. Back then, you had to be on plane to hold your boat in the current. But make no mistake, giant spotted bass still live here. They're just a little less aggressive as the current decreases. 

The first cast

8:03 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

Photos by Phil Thalheimer

GoPro pics from Open launch

8:01 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

Photos by Craig Lamb

B.A.S.S. getting ready

7:58 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

Photos by Phil Thalheimer

A sea of lights

7:54 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

The Opens anglers depend on many lights this early in the morning. Photos by Phil Thalheimer 

Waiting for sunlight

7:49 am EDT, Apr 16, 2015

Phil Thalheimer and his boater Erie Jones are loaded and ready for Day 1 of the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #2 presented by Allstate.