Joshua Cook lands this 5-pound smallie in practice on Lake Champlain.
Elite Series pro Charlie Hartley checks in from practice on Lake Champlain for the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #2 presented by Allstate.
Co-Angler Chuck Cunningham would like to find this bass again on Thursday when the Northern Open begins. A good practice catch.
Day 1 of official practice at Lake Champlain was ROUGH!!
Update by Dan Owens.
My co-angler, Anthony Lorefice, caught this with me today.
Photo by James Root
Things are starting to happen here at the Bass Pro Shops in Kodak, Tenn. Get here soon to get a good seat and check out all the festivities. The weigh-in is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET. Going to be exciting.
It’s broken wide open upriver for Ott DeFoe.
We’re in the middle of a school of largemouth mixed in with white bass. The fish clearly are in the middle of a feeding frenzy.
He’s on his third round of culling.
The bait of choice is a crankbait that he’s working through the schools of baitfish and bass.
Estimated weight: 14 pounds. His smallest fish weighs probably 2 1/2 pounds.
Ott DeFoe has a limit with an estimated weight of 12 pounds.
He’s now running to isolated fishing spots on the river. It’s a three-bait tactic.
It continues to be very overcast here with low-light conditions.
Meanwhile, down in the lake where we don’t know what’s going on ... The TVA water release schedule for today calls for one generator to run from 9-10 a.m. Two or more generators run beginning at 1 p.m.
Yesterday I posed the proverbial question about whether or not the bite turns on with the current. Got a mixed review of answers. Long-liners said “no” because they are fishing so deep. Structure anglers said “yes” because it moves their fish tighter to cover.
Here’s the report from the camera boat.
6:30 a.m. Camera boat departs ramp. Keep in mind we have to wait until all 12 boats leave the dock so we can publish the launch photo gallery. So we have to play catch-up.
7:45 a.m. Run all the way up into the river. Get stuck in fog bank. Begin idling aimlessly around.
7:50 a.m. Get boat hung up on rocks at idle speed. Strip down to undies. Rock boat off rocks. Resume search.
8:40 a.m. Find him!
Here’s the scoop so far. Ott DeFoe is fishing a boulder-strewn section of the river. Casting targets are the eddies and current breaks. Presentation is like this: Boat down current, casts up stream and into the current breaks.
You’ve got to give him credit for going all out and leaving behind the chance to go crankbait long-lining and fishing the deeper confines of the lower lake.
In the livewell: four bass.
Estimated weight: 10 pounds.
Just lost No. 5. Now we’re moving back down stream. More to come.