Tharp just made his longest run since the initial haul at blast off. It's really warming up now. I didn't need my gloves for the first time, despite Overstreet's Cannonball Run style driving. Several competitors told me this morning that the bite got better for them when the sun microwaved their areas. If Tharp can manufacture another flurry it'll make things much harder on the competition.
We're back on Dean Rojas, and he tells me he hasn't upgraded in a while. He's working closer to the rip rap bank, much to the delight of the land-based spectators.
The B.A.S.S. Conservation Summit is already evolving with the excellent state, federal and business agency representatives turnout. The meeting has become an interactive whole group participation process. Very exciting and important event happening at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic!
A common refrain amongst the Classic field was how much things changed on Guntersville – and how far the fish had moved – between practice and the first day of competition. But Day One leader Randall Tharp told 1999 Classic Champion Davy Hite yesterday that some of the fish he caught came from a school he located last year, before Guntersville went off-limits. Here’s a transcript of that exchange:
Since overcoming his mechanical hurdles, Tharp has hit three nearby spots in quick succession. I'm sure the first bite will calm his nerves, if indeed he's frazzled, but that flurry this morning must seem like it took place a lifetime ago. He may be running and gunning more now than he did earlier, but once on the specific waypoint he's showing remarkable patience and commitment.
BASSTrakk shows Casey Ashley with 14 pounds, 8 ounces, which was about what he had this time yesterday, en route to his fourth-place total of 23-2. "At noon I had a limit of about 12 to 15 pounds. They turned on at noon, and I culled everything I had in about 20 minutes," Ashley said.
See the GoPro cameras in action as the competitors launched Day 2 of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
Casey Ashley is working hard for every bite. His persistence just paid off with another solid bass that allowed him to cull. He still needs a few more quality bass to get over the 20-pound threshold.
As we’re watching Edwin Evers, I noticed a Skeeter next to us with Oklahoma registration. I asked if they had come all this way for the Classic. In the boat are Tony Patterson, Darrin Toliver, Trevor Toliver, and Ben Patterson. "Last year was our first one, and now we’re hooked. We’re big bass fishermen, and after following these guys on Facebook, we wanted to see more. After last year’s Classic, we decided we were gonna go again, it’s so cool. The Expo was cool, and the weigh-ins are great."