PARIS, Tenn. — Day Two of the Central Open on Kentucky Lake started with the wind putting a good chop on the water, conditions many of the anglers only wish they would have had on Day One.
By 10 a.m. it became apparent that the anglers were going to get a whole lot more than they bargained for.
The wind changed the surface conditions of the lake, from a decent chop with mild current into a torrent of white caps, all but washing away the shallow pattern most of the anglers were dialed into on Day One.
The wind left most of the humps and shallow flats a muddy, beaten mess and left the anglers to change with the conditions.
Several pros stood on stage and thanked the service crews for their help on Day Two.
These crews can make a difference in whether a pro makes a check or goes home with added expenses.
Sheared engine mounting bolts and a spun prop were only part of the repairs made today, and the service crews were crucial in getting the Central Open pros back on the water.
"I made some bonehead decisions today; I went down in flames like USC did last night."
—Brent Broderick, on his Day Two weight of 7 pounds, 14 ounces
"I was able to get into this sport because I was around Byron and all of the other pros, but anybody with a passion for fishing can enter these Bassmaster Opens and fish to win. As a matter of fact, I encourage it."
—Mary Delgado, addressing the audience on the second day of the Central Open on Kentucky Lake
"I am not really on any fish, or particular pattern. Just lucky I guess."
—Jerry Williams, after holding on to the lead for a second day at Kentucky Lake
Jerry Williams was fishing the Bassmaster Classic in 1973, two years before his nearest rival, Jami Fralick, was born. With today's finish, he is one step closer to the 2009 Bassmaster Classic.
"Experience and expertise will override luck, even when one fails to realize it."