Local favorite and Elite Series pro Hank Cherry is ready to go on Day 1 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open presented by Allstate on Lake Norman. He has plenty of time to wait though, he is third from last in the launch order. He needs a win to make the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
I hope the fish keep biting like they have all week. It's been a fun practice on Lake Norman but challenging weather. Let's get this tournament started!
Update from Bassmaster Championship....there is still a chance.....finishing 16th place, after weighing in 37.6 lbs...still one man out of the Classic....hopefully the next man in!
The Southern Open on Lake Norman is the last chance to get a Classic seat...if one of the top 39 Elite Anglers win, or if an angler fishing -that has not fished all 3 Southern Opens wins....I am in! If all goes right, THAT IS THE PLAN.
The search for Gary Klein ended after nearly 2 and 1/2 hours. The good news is back where we started this morning at Three Forks Harbor. On the shoreline opposite the harbor is a steep bluff. Time and erosion have populated the bank with fallen trees. It’s a fish magnet as Terry Butcher found out at this very spot this time last year. It’s here that he nearly won the 2013 Central Open.
And it's here we find Jordan Lee. He’s got a smokin’ five-bass limit weighing about 14 pounds. His co-angler just boated a five-pounder. And the fish keep coming.
Both anglers are catching them on crankbaits fished through limbs of submerged trees and visible laydowns.
If attitude is everything, then nobody else in this tournament has more confidence than Lee. Last night he qualified for an invitation to the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series.
After the time-consuming search-and-miss mission for Klein we have no idea how he or the rest of the dozen are doing. It really doesn’t matter. How fun it is to watch Jordan Lee get primed for next season’s Elite Series.
Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies. We’re looking for that (and looking forward to it) like we’re looking for Gary Klein. At least that’s Plan A. He’s supposed to be along a series of channel bends in backwater areas. Those are everywhere you look.
Not much to report but these tidbits. Fourth-place man and local favorite Tommy Biffle, and newly invited Bassmaster Elite Series candidate Jordan Lee, dropped trolling motors and started fishing just outside Three Forks Harbor. Rick Clunn and four others (names unknown) locked down into Kerr.
Meanwhile, the cold and raw day continues along with the search for Gary Klein. Might be time for Plan B. Overstreet?
James Overstreet with an update from the Arkansas River. He's a little tough to hear, but that should give you an idea of the condtions on Day 2.
Craig Lamb shows us a look at the beginning of Day 2 on Arkansas River.