If you visit Bassmaster.com often, you know we have a dedicated crew covering all our tournaments. For this week’s Open on Ross Barnett Reservoir, James Overstreet is manning the camera and Craig Lamb is doing the writing. Covering a bass fishing tournament probably sounds like a blast to most of you, and it is, but it also makes for some seriously long days.
We’re generally up by 5 a.m. to cover the launch, then spend the day chasing anglers all over the map. And we’re usually working well into the evening posting the stories, photos and videos of the day.
So how do we stay fired up on these 14-hour workdays? In the past, I’ve been a coffee guy, drinking a couple of big cups in the morning, and another cup of two in the middle of the day. But there are some problems when you combine coffee and fishing — one, if the water is rough, having a cup of hot coffee nestled between your legs is not an awesome experience. And putting my coffee mug into the boat’s cup holder has been problematic at times. At one tournament this year, after a rough ride, I noticed my coffee mug rolling around the deck of the boat leaking hot coffee. And two, most of us need regular bathroom breaks when we’re drinking coffee. That’s not exactly convenient when your office is in a bass boat.
This year I tried 5-Hour ENERGY® for the first time, and I’ve loved it for a few reasons. I can toss a couple of the small bottles in my pocket and hustle out the door in the morning. No need to stop for coffee, which means I can sleep a little longer. It gives me a nice, sustained boost of energy for much of the day. I don’t have to worry about where to store that coffee mug in the boat. And in terms of bathroom breaks, well, I don’t need to stop as often now. Which means we can spend more of our time bringing you all the action from Bassmaster tournaments.
The fog is dissipating but patches remain. Here's the proof, with Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain on board the camera boat with James Overstreet.
The fog has lifted and the anglers are off on Day Two of the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3 on Ross Barnett Reservoir. Photo by James Overstreet.
Shaye Baker (above) and Mike Pharr (below) give us the competitors' perspective on the foggy morning in Mississippi.
Update 7:50 a.m. CT: The fog delay has ended and anglers should get started on Day Two soon.
Anglers were greeted with a foggy morning in Ridgeland, Miss. as they arrived at Ross Barnett Reservoir. So foggy that B.A.S.S.Tournament Director Chris Bowes is delaying the start of Day Two of the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3 until later in the morning. Launch should begin around 8 or 9 a.m. CT. Come back later this morning for coverage of the Central Open #3.
Matt Lee (above) and Jason Lawson (below) at the Day One take-off for the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3. Photos by Gloria Lawson.
It's turned out to be a foggy morning on Ross Barnett Reservoir.
Ross Barnett Reservoir is blanketed in a coat of fog. Not enough to be dangerous but there's a mist coming down on the lake. The forecast is for a slow moving front to pass through the area. Slow is also the word of the day for the fishing. It's S-L-O-W.
In riding along with photographer James Overstreet, we encountered most anglers fishing in the massive beds of lily pads on the lower lake; some 20 boats in one spot alone. No surprise what the anglers are throwing: frogs. The anglers not fishing the frogs-and-pads pattern are fishing riprap shorelines. So there's a combination of power fishing and finessing with frogs going on.
A view of Day One launch and B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet — the man behind the camera catching all of the action!!! Photos by Gloria Lawson.