2014 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3 presented by Allstate
Lake Norman - Charlotte, NC, Oct 2 - 4, 2014

Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Long run

9:58 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

We just chased Day One leader Dale Hightower up the river from his first spot at the launch site. Here's the setup.

He's pitching and flipping a series of logjams on the main river channel. We're in 25 feet of water and he's only 25 yards away. Must be a nice ledge near his spot.

Fan photos from launch

9:03 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

Photos by Gloria Lawson. 

Hightower hitting his spots

8:51 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

Tournament leader Dale Hightower is fishing along a riprap wall, same spot as yesterday near the launch site. Interesting observation is the boat that's just pulled up and is fishing behind him.

Last flights are heading out

8:38 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

More launch pics from Arkansas River

8:15 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

Good morning from a rainy Muskogee

8:11 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

Good morning from a rainy Muskogee.Forecast is for rain showers most of the day with winds shifting from south the north with gusts to 25 mph. Things could get rough. If they do BoatUS will be there to help.

Panorama of Three Forks Harbor

5:05 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2013

The first flight of anglers arrive at Three Forks Harbor to lug their catches to the stage.

Tow BoatUS helps out

3:20 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2013

Photos by Jeremy Creel.

Back to normal

9:54 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

Everyone is doing their thing now. I'm blogging, James Overstreet is snapping pics and Scott Rook is fishing.


Rook had two keepers in the livewell when we arrived. He's on a classic wind-blown flat with laydowns on the main river channel.


Wind is already blowing from the south at 10 mph.


Chad Morganthaler is nearby and just caught a keeper. He's having a hard time making this fish make 14 inches. Our camera boat driver describes the fish "as almost nearly but not quite likely." What?


Morganthaler and Rook are both flipping laydowns.

Camera boat arrives to rescue boat

9:47 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

I'm riding along with B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet. He's now at the helm of the camera boat pulling double duty.


We've been summoned to rescue fellow Arkansan Scott Rook. He's spun a hub on his prop. So here we go with a wrench, parts and ... cameras.