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Leader Jeff Cloud heads out

7:12 am EST, Jan 25, 2014


7:09 am EST, Jan 25, 2014

Day 3 launch

7:05 am EST, Jan 25, 2014

Light rain and 45 degrees. That's sleeping-in weather on a Saturday morning unless you are fishing for a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.


I'll be riding along with photographer James Overstreet. Our first stop is leader Jeff Cloud. He's from Lubbock, Texas. We'll find out how this angler from the panhandle of the Lone Star State handles the bass in a very different setting than what he's used to fishing at home.


For now it's time for a final hot cup of coffee and then the rain gear. Back with more after the takeoff.

Joey Nania caught...something

12:27 pm EST, Jan 24, 2014

Community hole

9:56 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet and I are camped out on a massive community hole.


It's a classic prespawn staging area -- a hydrilla-covered, main-lake flat leading to a spawning area.


Everyone is catching fish. And by fish, I mean bass and pike. The lure of choice is a lipless crankbait.


You'll see the photo gallery later today. Imagine 25 boats making downwind passes over a big flat and you kind of get the mental picture.

Landon Lomax off to a good start

8:34 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

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