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A glimpse of sunlight

9:11 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

The sun came out! Well, just for a second before the wind blew more clouds our direction. The fronts are blowing through and it's changing the lighting. 


This might just be me, but I feel like Slegona is going to catch a good fish very soon. He has made his rounds and is coming back around to where he started. Any flip can be a giant down here.

Slegona on the board

8:45 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

Day 1 leader Andrew Slegona hooks up for the first time today. He swung about a 2 to 2 1/2 pounder into the boat. Nowhere near the size of his fish yesterday, as a 31-pound bag is hard to duplicate. 


It was around this time Day 1 that he caught his first fish as well. He's a steady worker and a quite composed right now.

Overtreet's landing

8:23 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

Trying to fill the large shoes of James Overstreet this week, which is like trying to put a ketchup lid on a mayonnaise jar.  But I'm doing what I can and figure what better place to launch. If you wanna be like Mike, wear Jordans. If you wanna shoot like JO put in at Overtreet's landing? 

Nothing so far

8:17 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

I'm with the leader on his best spot aka "The Juice."  He has nothing so far, but it wasn't until 10:30 yesterday when he loaded the boat.


Sunlight is most likely Slegona's friend today, so the windy/overcast conditions could be a challenge.


He also has some company. Russ Lane, I believe Gary Clouse and some others are in this area. Although, no one is close enough to talk. Everyone is just moving around this big area and keeping to themselves. 

Headed south

7:58 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

To my knowledge, of the Top 10 after Day 1, only one angler is primarily fishing Toho. Granted that angler does have a 6-pound lead. Ronnie Moore is on the water covering Day 1 leader Andrew Slegona and I'm headed south to Kissimmee to track down the remainder of the Top 10. Check back soon for more from the Kissimmee Chain.  

Sticking with the leader

7:39 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

I'm with the leader to start Day 2. Andrew "AJ" Slegona has to have so many thoughts going through his mind. I'm sticking with him for a while because any flip could be a giant.

To the buzzer

4:20 pm EST, Jan 15, 2015

These anglers stop just outside of off limits and fish to the buzzer. 

I caught a monster!

1:59 pm EST, Jan 15, 2015

@bass_nation I caught a monster!

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An 'on the water' report from Lake Toho

12:22 pm EST, Jan 15, 2015
Here are some on the water details about Lake Toho this week.
The bass spawned heavily Monday mid-morning and after the females shut down.
Tuesday was horrible.
Wednesday the males were positioning, but after 12 p.m. they moved out and stopped eating. 
Today the bass seem to be active except for the males. It will come down to that one pro who figures out how to catch the females that are eating.
Cloud cover is keeping the nights warmer, so water temps are holding at 63 to 66. 
The wind calmed down at 11 a.m., so the afternoon bite may prove to be key for those with late launch times.

In search of the big bite

11:39 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Just caught up with 2014 Southern Opens AOY David Williams. The North Carolina angler has a limit, but not a lot of size.


"I have like 7 or 8 pounds," he said. "I figured I'd come take a look up shallow to get a big bite."


A big bite will certainly go a long way this week as an angler's whole day can change with a 6 to 8 pound bite.