Many of the pros, sitting atop bags much bigger than anticipated, targeted the bass holed up the large grass mats.
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$ 1. Randall Tharp Gardendale, Ala. 5 29-06 Day 1: 5 29-06 2. Matt Herren Trussville, Ala. 5 26-09 Day 1: 5 26-09 3. Chris Ludwig Lawrenceburg, Ind. 5 25-14 Day 1: 5 25-14
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$ 1. Danny Clark Cleveland, Tenn. 5 22-13 Day 1: 5 22-13 2. Keith Sykes Clintwood, Va. 5 21-02 Day 1: 5 21-02 3. William Helton Calhoun, Tenn. 5 19-11 Day 1: 5 19-11
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 southern open #3 on Lake Guntersville in Alabama. It is the first day launch.
About 200 Southern Open pros will compete Oct. 16-18 for the event's title and $45,000 first-place prize. An equal number of co-anglers will be out to win their division's first-place prize, a boat package valued at $32,000.
Known as one of the better bass fisheries in the South, this northeast Alabama reservoir is the beneficiary of stable water levels and lots and lots of grass.
Several Elite pros will be anxiously watching the final Southern Open on Guntersville Lake this week, hoping for a miracle of sorts. They're the bubble guys.
I was impressed. It seemed like the bass were grabbing my bait harder and holding on longer.
My job was to do TV coverage of the tournament from an expert's point of view, expert analysis is what they call it. They wanted me to analyze patterns and fishing trends so that our viewers had a better understanding of the tournament in real time as it unfolded.
If I had to leave the dock in the fall of the year with only one bait in my boat, it would be a Jewel Football Jig in peanut butter and jelly.