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

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24 pounds and a case of cotton mouth

10:47 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

Ike has five fish in the box for a total estimated weight of 24 pounds. It's topped off with a 6-pounder. We just watched him catch it. Needless to say, he  "went Ike" on us. I got it on BASScam. Stay tuned for that one.

He's charged up as usual. A scream with every fish. Maybe it's a rally cry.

Ike just said he's got cotton mouth so bad he could make a Kenny Rogers sweater from what's in his mouth.

What a morning.

From a tournament manager's perspective...

10:43 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

I’m ecstatic that we were able to get a second day of competition in at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio.


Great Lakes fisheries bring us giant bags of smallmouth bass, vast fisheries and often challenging weather that can take a toll on equipment and competitors alike. As tournament managers and directors, we are often faced with making decisions that affect the competition. None more so than the decision to cancel a day. That literally has an impact on the entire field and not one that is easily made or taken lightly. But we must take into account the safety of the competitors and what is in the best interest of the majority of the field. I firmly feel B.A.S.S. was right on track yesterday when we decided to cancel the day and roll the full field into today’s final competition day.


I personally want to thank all the anglers for their support, professionalism and understanding as we worked through the inconvenience that Mother Nature dealt us yesterday. I truly feel blessed to work with so many great individuals and “top-notch” anglers.


Looking forward to a tremendous final day weigh-in at the Shelby Street Boat Ramp in Sandusky beginning at 3 pm. This is a world-class trophy fishery and more than worthy of being part of any tournament schedule. Today we crown a champion and likely award another 2014 Classic spot. Life is good.

Iaconelli drop shotting in calm winds

9:18 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

James Overstreet and I are on Ike. It's an awesome morning. The wind is calm. So calm you can hear the clang of a nearby buoy.

We're just north of one of the Bass islands. Here's the setup. Marker buoy is out. Ike is drop shotting and has the place to himself.

Marker buoy out and we're on the move. We'll follow him. Stay tuned.

Happy times

7:56 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013
| By Ken Golub

James Overstreet is working on his takeoff gallery

7:18 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

Michael Iaconelli takes off

7:15 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

TowBoatU.S. leads the way

7:13 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

Anglers prepare for Saturday takeoff

7:11 am EDT, Sep 14, 2013

A (re)fresh(ing) perspective

11:12 pm EDT, Sep 13, 2013

 Being fairly new to the pro bass circuits this is the first time I have encountered a situation where they canceled a day of competition. I've enjoyed my day off even though after sleeping in a bit I woke up kind of confused not really knowing what to do.

Usually on a Saturday I'm on the water competing. So after heading to the local Cracker Barrel for breakfast and seeing fellow anglers Boyd Duckett & Tim Horton who seemed to have the same idea, I stopped and took a little walk around the mall before heading off to work on the boat and tackle that encountered the wrath of Lake Erie yesterday.

After filling my Triton with water twice with very large waves, I felt this would be a good time for a bit of maintenance. I found a local boat and large truck wash with a large enclosure out of the wind. How convenient. I was able to close the end door and perform a lot of necessary housekeeping. All my storage compartments were soaked along with everything in them. I emptied everything and dried the compartments and contents and prepared my gear for tomorrow's bout with Lake Erie.

Hopefully I can get up off the canvas and put a respectable bag together. I should be able to reach the areas I couldn't fish yesterday where I had done so well in practice. I know my family and lots of others really appreciated the level of professionalism displayed by those in charge that made the decision to cancel today's fishing.

It's good to know SAFETY FIRST was the thought of the day.

It also provided me opportunity to check out Sandusky a bit. What a nice town. Friendly faces were not hard to find. I hope we return here in the future. Great fishery, accommodating people, and nice facilities.

Thank you to the folks here in Sandusky & the B.A.S.S for making this a Memorable experience that my wife, children, & I will cherish for years to come.

~ Robert Collins

Hanging out at Cleats

10:54 pm EDT, Sep 13, 2013

Hanging out at Cleats -

CJ Shaver, Brian Brown, Chicken, Robb Thivener ...


CJ Shaver