Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

National anthem

6:23 am EDT, May 31, 2014

DeFoe ready for the day

6:21 am EDT, May 31, 2014

Co-angler Travis DeHart with a 4.5 pound largemouth

1:08 pm EDT, May 30, 2014

Dan Owens made a friend in practice

12:59 pm EDT, May 30, 2014

Angler Dan Owens had a nice practice before yesterday's Day 1. He also made a new friend. Thanks for the pictures, Holli Woodward!

Bring on the current

9:53 am EDT, May 30, 2014

This screen shot from my MacBook says it all. Everyone in this tournament is living for the magic hour of 1 p.m. As the screen shows it’s when the TVA begins generating at Douglas Dam.


What that means is an instant turn-on for the bass. They’ll polarize around offshore targets—main lake points—and hide in ambush for bait as it comes by in the current.


What that means is the later flight, the better. And also the closer to the dam. Even all the more the better.

No. 5 was a toad!

9:15 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Opens angler Micah Frazier checks in from Douglas Lake.

Community hole breakup

8:31 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Yesterday at this time the community holes were easy to spot. Covered in boats. Not so today. It seems everyone is looking for new water. Or a place to themselves. We’re seeing more boats working isolated areas.


It's kind of like Thanksgiving dinner when everyone gathers around the table for first servings and then finds their own cozy spot for the afternoon leftovers. Here it’s probably all about the holes drying up or not being as productive as everyone thought yesterday.


Conditions at this time yesterday: Breezy and cloudy. Now: Slick, calm and bright.

East Tennessee sunrise as Day 2 begins

6:46 am EDT, May 30, 2014

The sun rises over the Smoky Mountains as Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #1 presented by Allstate begins. 

Getting in line for Day 2 take-off

6:12 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Anglers line up for Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Northern Open #1 on Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tenn.  

Boat trouble for Aaron Martens

6:08 am EDT, May 30, 2014

Not a good way to start the day when you are boat number one. And can't find your insurance card.