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David Kilgore prepares to launch on Day 3

7:04 am EST, Mar 8, 2014


7:02 am EST, Mar 8, 2014

On Smith Lake with Clay Dyer

7:03 pm EST, Mar 7, 2014

Catching a ride

6:17 pm EST, Mar 7, 2014

Thank you, Carol, for the ride back to the car!

GoPro: 15 minutes of weigh-in in 50 seconds

11:19 am EST, Mar 7, 2014

Green's big Day 1 bass

11:10 am EST, Mar 7, 2014

Cody Green with a 6-pound, 7-ounce on Smith Lake bass.

A-rig slinging on Smith continues

9:56 am EST, Mar 7, 2014

Third place angler Brandon Lester is catching fish. He's very confident and says today's sunny conditions will help add to his weight. Remember that leader David Kilgore said the same thing. Clearly, they both are on to something.


Look for my story about Brandon tonight here on


Further down the leader board in 15th place is Shaw Grigsby. He's catching fish too and offered this thought of the day.


The sunny, calm conditions will hamper the umbrella rig bite.


There's a lot of A-Rig slinging going on so it'll be interesting so see how that prediction turns out. 


As for Shaw he said the best practice days for him on the days with the worst weather. Might be time for a change in plans for Shaw.

Say cheese!

7:34 am EST, Mar 7, 2014

Fans with cameras big and small documented the early take-off.

Anglers ready to take on Smith

7:16 am EST, Mar 7, 2014

Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle (top) waits on the dock for take-off. TowBoat US (middle) is always on the scene at launch. Tournament Director Chris Bowes (bottom) leads the morning's proceedings.

Almost ready

6:52 am EST, Mar 7, 2014