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