Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Day of changes

6:38 am EST, Mar 7, 2014 |

That's what it's setting up to be today. Yesterday, when interviewing leader David Kilgore for BassCam, he told me sun will help his pattern.


That's in today's forecast and so are warmer temperatures.


But first things first. Fog is rolling in to the cove here at the launch site.


We'll keep you posted should there be a delay.

Right size, wrong kind

11:55 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

Co-angler Travis Dehart says, "Right size, wrong kind."

Think you know Italian?

11:54 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

Italian angler Jacopo Gallelli, fishing the Southern Opens, offers this instructional video about his home country. 

View from the lake

9:20 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

From the boat of photographer James Overstreet comes the following reports.


The anglers are lamenting about the water temperature dropping 6 degrees overnight. That's no surprise, considering the cold front that came through the area. It might get worse. That's because there's a 100% chance of rain with a high temperature projected at 41 degrees. That will mean chilly runoff coming into the lake, along with the equally as chilly air temperature.


Patterns and techniques. Not surprisingly, it's a mixture of umbrella rig slinging and finessing with drop shots. More of the latter. Some Chatterbait fishing too.


 Fish are being caught. Most of the action is taking place on main lake points and along bluff walls. It all falls into the textbook category of late winter bass fishing.


Chris Lane was up all night with a stomach bug. He's trying to tough it out. A keeper in the livewell is a good start. Let's hope that helps him shake the crud.

The last flight

7:43 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

Smokin' away

7:24 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

Meanwhile, the meat is on the smoker and will be ready by weigh-in.

Scenes from Smith Lake Day 1 take-off

7:21 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

We spotted Chris Adams and Hank Cherry at Day 1 launch on Smith Lake.

Taking on Smith

7:18 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

Headed out for Day 1 of the second stop of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Opens presented by Allstate. It's a tough bite on Smith but I have had a little success up shallow.


Although this is only the third day I've ever spent on Smith, I know from tournaments past that the largemouth bite typically bites back. If you catch them one day, it's hard to back it up.


I'm just going to worry about catching them today for starters. I'll worry about tomorrow tomorrow. Just looking forward to fishing the way I want to. Hopefully there's enough there to make a run at this thing! 

David Walker all lit up

7:16 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

David Walker is all lit up at launch this morning on Alabama's Smith Lake.

What's ahead on Smith Lake

7:12 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

By the looks of the previous blog entries, it's obvious that fish are being caught despite the rise in water and drop in temperature.


None of the photos included lures. These guys are smart ...


Yesterday afternoon from my third-floor hotel room, I did see some evidence as anglers sat in boats preparing tackle.


Lots of umbrella rig tying going on. What a surprise, huh?


There is one given in this day. Rain. One hundred percent chance. It wouldn't be a tournament without rain.