Someone on the Ole Miss sideline is a fan of Bassmaster. That's the only logical conclusion after many B.A.S.S. staff, including Tournament Director and lifelong Alabama fan Trip Weldon, saw the logo for the Bassmaster Opens used on a play card during Saturday's Ole Miss vs. Alabama game. Much to Trip's horror, Ole Miss found a way to upset the #1 team in the nation. Trip says his coworker Chris Bowes, who manages the Opens series, may be to blame.
"Looks like B.A.S.S. Senior Tournament manager Chris Bowes was doing double duty Saturday. Weighing day three catches at final Southern Open and play calling in Ole Miss – Bama game."
In case you were wondering, the play resulted in a nice running gain for the Rebels.
UPDATE: It appears we now know why Ole Miss is using the Opens logo. Check out the latest tweet from Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze:
How about a Tuesday night fishing trip. YAHTZEE!!! Big fish!! pic.twitter.com/FMK4r9UnNy
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) September 23, 2014
All 12 Southern Open finalists checked in on time at Blythe Landing, and all the boats are on the trailers, prepared for the drive to Bass Pro Shops.
Here's my best guess on how things are going to shake out:
- David Williams will probably drop out of the lead. He has only 3 fish.
- Either Andy Montgomery or Rich Howes will win this tournament, and it will be close. Howes probably caught 'em better than anyone else today, but Montgomery led him by 3 pounds, 2 ounces after Friday.
- There will be a lot of movement up and down the standings below second place.
Again, this is just a guess. The weigh-in begins at 4 p.m.
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I don’t know how much weight Elite Series pro Andy Montgomery has in his livewell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s leading. Montgomery was my pick to win the Norman Open before the tournament began.
I picked Montgomery because he is the best dock fisherman I’ve ever seen. I once spent a few hours in his boat during a Strike King media event. Strike King is one of Montgomery’s sponsors.
That’s when I watched Montgomery fish a long row of floating docks. Each slip harbored a big houseboat or pontoon boat.
The opening between each boat and its dock was maybe 12 inches. The other targets were the low, narrow openings between the outboards and the pontoons on the pontoon boats.
Montgomery casually fished his way down the docks, skipping a chattering jig 20 feet or more under every pontoon boat and into the narrow space between the houseboats and their docks.
He never careened the bait off a dock, boat or motor, or pinged a pontoon. It was easy for him. I stopped fishing and watched him in absolute awe.
Since docks are a primary bass cover at Norman, this lake is right in Montgomery’s wheelhouse. And, today’s sunny conditions should push some of Norman’s bass far under the docks and into the darkest shade. That’s right where Montgomery wants them.