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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.


Tow BoatUS lends a hand

9:19 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

Tow BoatUS at work early. Not for me, thankfully!

Panoramic view of the launch site

8:33 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

A beautiful scene here at Muskogee. Click on this image to see a bigger version.

Beautiful Arkanas River morning

8:26 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

Chris Bowes and James Overstreet on the job

8:14 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

Just another day at the office for Tournament Director Chris Bowes and photographer James Overstreet.

Boats line up and get ready for take-off

8:12 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

A little wind and a full moon

8:06 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

A little wind and a full moon at the Port of Muskogee this morning. Glad to be fishing one of these things for a change!

Good morning from Muskogee

7:58 am EDT, Sep 19, 2013

The Bass Pro Shops Central Open #2 is getting started. The TowBoat U.S.  is ready to go.