When word of Randall Tharp breaking down got out, James Overstreet was on the move to grab some great shots.
Ashley's bites are coming so slowly that only two fans have hung around to watch him. Ashley looks calm and collected but he has to be feeling the pressure. He stops to rig up a bait that he hasn't shown to the bass yet during this Classic. He gives it two casts and goes back to what he had been doing.
Morizo Shimizu has about 30 spectators around him. He said he has about 17 lb now and his search for Big Mama continues.
Got a great group of volunteers from Auburn University helping Shaye Baker out this week with GoPro setup and footage processing. They helped process 400 hours of on the water footage last night until early this morning. Then they were back up and at it at 4:30 AM. Dedicated crew!!
What is the sound of 60 trolling motors lifting and stowing in unison? It's another Randall Tharp move. We seem to have picked up another 40 or so along the way. Yesterday we had AMart's Army. What should Tharp's group be called? Not sure if this long move before noon was part of the original plan or a hunch that he needed to get on "the juice" before the lake got too stirred up. He caught a small fish almost immediately but threw it back without going to the livewell.
See Rojas and Roumbanis take on Guntersville Day 2 of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
My boat driver, Phil Williams, and I just checked out two other creeks looking for other pros to photograph. We didn't find any. Other than Cliff Prince, I don't believe there's another pro fishing within 5 miles of Ashley. If his bass cooperate, he's going to have them to himself.
Kermit is in the house. Dean Rojas just set down his flippin' stick and reached into the rod locker for another stick. As he unwrapped the line and made his first cast with it, the assembled spectators let out a collective, "oooooooooooh," as they realized Rojas had broken out the frog.
Ott DeFoe fishes a bridge as David Walker idles past.
With BassTrak showing Edwin Evers with only about 7 1/2 pounds (unofficially), you start to wonder when – and if – his fish will move up today, as they apparently did yesterday. "The area that I’m fishing, I had a bunch of males in it and I think some of the females showed up,” Evers said in a “First Look” webcast interview with 1999 Classic Champion Davy Hite. "I really didn’t have a great practice, but I was trying to fish some stuff where fish were moving up.”