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Jocumsen locking, looking for more

10:36 am EDT, Apr 25, 2014

I'm sitting in the 8.30 lock heading to pool 4 I have two with this good one! Hope I can make it happen!

Getting the big picture

7:48 am EDT, Apr 25, 2014

Lining them up

7:47 am EDT, Apr 25, 2014

Tournament Director and Traffic Cop, Chris Bowes has a tough job of creating order out of the 100+ boat chaos. 

Overstreet and McClelland

7:46 am EDT, Apr 25, 2014

B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet gets up close and personal with Mike McClelland's bait of choice on the Red River. Stick around and you'll probably learn what the recent Elite Series champ is throwing.

Scenes from Day 2 launch on Red River

7:39 am EDT, Apr 25, 2014

Day 2 on the Red River begins. Craig Lamb captures some moments before take-off. 

Bass regurgitates baby gator

5:59 pm EDT, Apr 24, 2014



Mouse. Snake. Bird. Those are just a few of the creatures known as prey to the largemouth bass. The predator fish at the top of the food chain will eat just about anything.


Bob Walton can prove it.


That proof was discovered when the angler returned to the weigh-in to bag his fish for the scales.


B.A.S.S. rules prohibit weighing a fish with a foreign object, such as a shad, or any of the creatures listed above unless they are lodged inside its mouth.


No word as of yet if Walton plans to pitch what this bass ate—and regurgitated—to a lure company as the latest lifelike bait.

Turtle hunting

2:18 pm EDT, Apr 24, 2014

Ernie Smoak just caught a kicker snapper turtle. Darold Gleason did not net that one. Both of us have limits and are looking for upgrades. Photo by Darold Gleason.

On the Red River with Mike McClelland

10:23 am EDT, Apr 24, 2014



Mike McClelland is fresh off an Elite Series win a few weeks ago. He also posted a fourth-place finish at the 2009 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River. 


Practice was good this week for the Arkansan. A few days ago, the keepers were plentiful along this shoreline made of clay where we are now. But McClelland’s livewell is empty. He says it’s too early to say why. 


Meanwhile, the photo boat has remained near the take-off/weigh-in site at Red River South Marina. That’s because of the number of boats. There’s a large group in a lily pad field. The usual community holes are packed. We haven’t seen many fish come aboard anywhere around. 


The sun hasn’t appeared. It’s shrouded by low clouds and an ever present breeze. And of course, it’s already rained. 

Noise pollution?

7:49 am EDT, Apr 24, 2014
Here's Tournament Director Chris Bowes' iPhone. It's hooked up to the PA system.
Like it or not here's the song that plays each morning to begin the take-off.

Sign weirdness

7:48 am EDT, Apr 24, 2014

This sign probably has a time of year when it means business. It's at the ramp floating on a dock in 6 feet of water today.