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Crowded and rainy

10:29 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Day 2 on Ross Barnett is rainy and a bit crowded.

Catching up with Preuett

10:05 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Caught up with Brett Preuett this morning. Preuett put himself into 4th place yesterday with 18-6. As I rolled up, he motioned that he had 1 small keeper. "I don't see them jumping," he said, referring to a conversation we had yesterday. In this area on Day 1, Preuett could actually see them jumping out of the water as they fed. He put 18 pounds in the boat and was gone by 9:30. It's 9 o'clock now on Day 2. Preuett's going to have to put on a show if he plans to keep pace with his Day 1 schedule. 

Off they go

8:41 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Get your boat number

8:24 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Get your boat number float, check the kill switch, go catch a load of bass on Ross Barnett.

Hats off for the national anthem.

8:23 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Time to play ball.

Video: Day 2 takeoff on Ross Barnett

8:21 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Pelican Cove at Ross Barnett

8:09 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

In the predawn darkness, the competitors await daylight in the dry comfort of Pelican Cove at Ross Barnett. From here they can step outside and right into their bass boats in the water.

A smooth launch

8:07 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

A light rain is falling this morning on the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open at Ross Barnett. Launching is going as smoothly as it did yesterday. Madison Landing is an excellent facility. Plenty of boat ramps, ample parking.

Waitin' for the pros

8:05 am EDT, Mar 13, 2015

Robert Murphy (left) and Joe Lee wait for their pro partners to go fishing on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

It's all about the ears

9:52 pm EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Chad Wiley sent in a photo of his lucky mouse, which he received from his 10-month-old son, River.


Keep an eye out for Mouse-ka-tools on Day 2 on Ross Barnett!