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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.

Darrell Pons hits the limit

10:56 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Pulled up on Lucas Oil pro Darrell Pons and he let us know we missed the flurry. Turns out his morning wasn't slow like other anglers. He caught around 20 keepers with his biggest being 6 pounds. He had a limit by 8:15.


While we were with him his co-angler caught a 2 to 2-1/4 pound fish and threw it back. Both must have a pretty decent weight since that didn't cull for his co-angler.

Henry hooks up

10:27 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Matt Henry, from Georgia, holds up a nice fish on Day 1 of the Lake Toho Southern Open.


10:25 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Jason Williamson leans into one. This makes keeper number two so far this morning. 

Heating up

10:22 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Matt Henry from Georgia just hauled in a 4-pound class fish. It's his second of the day and he is sure glad to have it. Since we have been here him and his co-angler have caught a crappie, a pickerel and some bass. 


A few more boats just pulled up so I'm going to hang around here for a few. As I'm typing this an angler nearby hooks up with a keeper largemouth.

The inner Overstreet

10:06 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Josh Douglas heaves a Chatterbait and says, "I'm trying to harness my inner Brett Hite and you're trying to harness your inner James Overstreet." If only we could be so lucky. 

First one

9:35 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Clabion Johns is the first that I've seen strike in Toho. This is keeper number one for him. 

'I'm headed to Kissimmee!'

8:46 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

Pulled up on a few anglers not far from the launch ramp. Ish Monroe, John Cox and a few local anglers, but none stayed for long.


As Cox headed out he yelled "I'm headed to Kissimmee!" Cox is running his aluminum flat bottom boat from last year. He is notorious for getting into tight and confined areas.

The last boat in

8:43 am EST, Jan 15, 2015
ULM's Brett Preuett will be the last boat in this go round. He's number 78 and they're still coming. Looks like about half the 200 boat field will fish south of Toho today. 

Where Clausen won the Classic

8:39 am EST, Jan 15, 2015

2006 Bassmaster Classic champ Luke Clausen looks to do good again here on lake where he won his title.