Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

The lock is loaded

7:42 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

Here comes the sun

7:24 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

Day Two of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #1 presented by Allstate is underway. 

Coffee break?

7:19 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

Plenty of anglers abandoning gear to get some coffee. Day Two is getting started. 

Not your typical Florida attire

7:03 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

Toho sunrise

6:53 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

Day Two at the Big Toho Marina

6:51 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

When the wind is not your friend

6:40 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

I'm watching the American flag twirl around the flagpole in all directions of the compass. There's going to a crosswind all the way to the Kissimmee lock.


That's the setup for this morning. It's do or die day here so that probably won't matter much to the pros.


What could though is how the wind affects boat positioning on the wind blown flats. And how the wind affects water clarity in some areas.


Such are the nuances of this sport.


Oh yeah, there's an official Wind Chill Advisory until midday. Guess the National Weather Service didn't want us to feel left out with the rest of the country.

Off to a cold start on Day Two

6:20 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

That's some cold Florida water too!

Waiting to weigh in

5:14 pm EST, Jan 23, 2014

Headed in

2:52 pm EST, Jan 23, 2014

I just received this pic from Tow BoatUS. Looks like my rig is headed in.


I bummed a ride with fellow competitor Hunter Shryock to get back to Toho and swapped over to Charlie Hartley's boat to make it in for weigh-in. Tough day but looking forward to weighing what little I've got and going for a big bag tomorrow.