Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Scenes from Day 2 takeoff

8:10 am EDT, Sep 12, 2014

Craig Lamb shows us a look at the beginning of Day 2 on Arkansas River. 

Helping out

5:20 pm EDT, Sep 11, 2014

Randy Heaven, Mid-Oklahoma Bassmaster volunteer, hands another bag of fish to the BASS staff on the Shimano Live Release Boat.

Bags of bass

4:38 pm EDT, Sep 11, 2014

Trevor Yates, 2013 Junior Bassmaster National Champion, helps with the bag line at the Bass Pro Shops Open on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Trevor's dad, Todd Yates, helps anglers with their bags of bass.

Biffle in the hunt

11:21 am EDT, Sep 11, 2014

Looks like we dodged a bullet with the weather. To our south is a steady stream of heavy rain moving across western Arkansas.


We started up north without any luck. No boats led us back south down the Arkansas River. And we kept going. And going. Looks like a lot of boats locked through, just like last year’s winner Chris Jones.


Who did not is Tommy Biffle. He’s got four keepers in the livewell. That’s of no surprise and to be expected. The other given is the technique. He’s flipping and pitching along a gnarly stretch of isolated lay downs lodged on sandbars adjacent to the channel. 


His co-angler will get a great experience today. This morning I met him on the elevator with his mom. He’s 16-year-old Dillion Smith, fishing his first ever B.A.S.S. event. It was special for me because I remember my first experience too. I was his age. I hope he does better than I did.

Bowes on the horn

8:31 am EDT, Sep 11, 2014

At the launch

8:26 am EDT, Sep 11, 2014

Video: Impossible is nothing

11:11 am EDT, Sep 6, 2014


Video: "Fletcher Shryock - Impossible is Nothing"

Looking for more of these

9:41 am EDT, Sep 6, 2014

West Michigan pro Ben Nielsen is hoping to catch more fish like this one in today's finals of the Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake St. Clair. Photo by co-angler Ed Dyer

The bane of live bait

9:24 am EDT, Sep 6, 2014

We’ve left Joe Balog. Fate unknown. Meanwhile, fourth-place angler Ben Nielsen is not a happy camper. He’s got a smallmouth in the livewell. But around him is a charter boat, and the clients are dunking live bait in the lake. And they are catching fish too.


That’s how it goes in this game, of course.


Lots of unknowns developing out here. Such as Fletcher Shryock. Yesterday said he’s going for broke on Lake Erie. The wind has spun the compass dial from the southwest to the northwest. He told me that northeast is best. It’s indeed a new day on Lake Erie when compared to the weather from the previous days. And then we have the rest of the bunch. Many stayed here in Lake St. Clair.


Needless to say, the final weigh-in could be interesting at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Auburn Hills.

Clearing skies on Lake St. Clair

9:18 am EDT, Sep 6, 2014