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The crowd is casting

11:55 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Quite the crowd this morning near the Highway 43 bridge. Although all these boats are fishing in close proximity, they're all doing their own thing. Some are fishing pad stem patches while others work the ditches in-between the patches. Lots of casting and a little catching. 

No luck this morning

11:52 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Taylor Ramey working to get a bite. No luck so far this morning. 

Spotting a spot

11:51 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Luke Clausen started the day off with a 2-1/2 pound spot. "I didn't know there were spots in this place."

Moving upriver

11:12 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

No real surprise, some anglers are slowing down to pitch and flip while others opt to make as many casts as they can in a day's time with moving baits.


The one notable nugget that we've picked up on here, the majority of the field vacated the lower end of the lake where Randall Tharp won in the fall of 2013. There are wads of boats everywhere upriver, but only one lone angler on the dam which typically draws a dozen or so. 

'Behind' the scenes - A special delivery

11:07 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Here is another example of the B.A.S.S. tournament staff working together to better serve the anglers.


"The facilities" were delivered to the wrong location? No problem! A little muscle and a Toyota truck and the problem is rectified.

The bait of choice

10:34 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Corey Stanley covering water early like most of the guys we've seen. Looking to capitalize on the front, ChatterBaits and spinnerbaits have been the predominate bait of choice this morning. 

Two in the boat

10:32 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Cody Salzmann with a couple good ones this morning. 

Central Open: From the bank coverage

9:17 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

More scenes from Central Open #1 takeoff

8:56 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Above: Trait Crist waits on her number to be called. 


Below: Tournament Director Chris Bowes and B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet do what they do best. 

More scenes from launch

8:39 am EDT, Mar 12, 2015

Above: Boats head out to Ross Barnett.


Below: Janet Jones is for Team Brooks. Chase Brooks gets a pic snapped coming through the line.


Someone is sporting the latest in takeoff fashion hats.


It's Miyuki Fukae.


The signs above the sound system blasting takeoff music are no reflection of the playlist chosen by Chris Bowes.