Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

The time is 6 a.m.!

7:00 am EST, Mar 6, 2014 |

The time is 6 a.m. at Smith Lake, and it's time for launch.

Practice on Smith

5:32 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Russ Chargualaf

Feider checks in after practice

5:30 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Seth Feider checks in after practice.

Figi's practice went well

5:28 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

John Figi with a Smith Lake practice bass -- 9.4 pounds.

Alvarez with a striper on Smith

5:14 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Sean Alvarez with a Smith Lake striper from practice.

Hopefully the lake warms

4:09 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Since this cold front hit all the fish went down to 50 and 70 ft!  The rocky shorelines are beautiful to look at but tough to catch fish on. I  sure hope the water warms come Thursday. This Triton/Mercury/AERF boat will be scrambling to stay up with the bass in this tournament.

Frederick lands a nice one

3:05 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Tim Frederick with a nice largemouth from Smith Lake.

Gdawg's Smith Lake bass

3:04 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Gdawg Grady Maynard shows off a Smith Lake bass from practice.

Maynard is ready for Smith

2:30 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Grady Maynard (G Dawg) is pleased with his 22nd place in the Southern Opens points standings and his gear from Toyota, Carhartt and the good folks of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

Opens sponsors are onsite at Smith Lake

1:30 pm EST, Mar 5, 2014 |

Sponsors getting ready for registration at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Allstate on Smith Lake. So great to have the tremendous support of our partners.