Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Where Clausen won the Classic

8:39 am EST, Jan 15, 2015
 

2006 Bassmaster Classic champ Luke Clausen looks to do good again here on lake where he won his title.

Brett Preuett on Day 1

8:31 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

 

Carhartt College Series 2015 Bassmaster Classic contender Brett Preuett gets set to lock on Day 1 of his first Bass Pro Shops Southern Open in his quest to make the Elites.

Luke Clausen at the lock

8:27 am EST, Jan 15, 2015
Bassmaster Classic Champ Luke Clausen arrives to the lock on Day 1. He's headed to Kissimmee where he won his title in 2006 but admits this time around, things are much different. The cold fronts here have rocked his best areas from back then so if he was counting on fishing memories, he might as well not fish. Still optimistic though because it's Florida and you can catch a game changer one any cast. 

Day 1: And so it begins

8:21 am EST, Jan 15, 2015
And so it begins. Like a litter of piglets trying to find a teet the anglers pack into the lock between Toho and Cypress. One load has already been pushed through and this one won't be far behind. Most of these anglers are headed to Kissimmee where this tournament is typically won. 

The field is fishing

8:18 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Boat 200 is called and the field is all fishing. From what anglers told me, many have modified their gameplan to account for the lock system, which only allows approximately 16 boats at a time. Should be interesting how many stay in Toho.

Lock jam

8:16 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Photo submitted by Phil Thalheimer

Britt Myers and Randall Tharp on the water

8:08 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Photos submitted by Phil Thalheimer

Morning takeoff

8:06 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Photo submitted by Phil Thalheimer

Ready to roll

7:59 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Greg Yates and Phil Thalheimer.

 

Photos submitted by Phil Thalheimer

The Star-Spangled Banner

7:12 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Photo submitted by Phil Thalheimer

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