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."
Randall Tharp is back up and running, headed away from the ramp.
Stop by the Toyota booth at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo to answer the question "Who's Your Wingman?" by snapping a pic and sending a tweet with the hashtag #ToyotaGiving.
We just pulled up on Morizo Shimizu, and within seconds he was yanking on a really good fish. It wasn't quite "Big Mama," but maybe you could call it "Big Sister." We estimate it at about 5 1/2 pounds. Regardless, it allowed him to cull a fish that looked to be about 3 pounds.
We're about to leave Rojas so Jerry Cunnungham can get more photos of other anglers. Rojas just said he's "married to this area." He's not leaving it today. There's a lot less wind today and the sun is bright and climbing higher, two factors that Rojas says will make his spot turn on in a big way. We'll probably be back with him a little later today, but for now we're on the move again.
We’re at Goose Pond for the moment and are seeing lots of pros but no fish caught. Everyone is just kind of chunking shallow-running crankbaits and looking dazed. John Crews, Keith Combs, Chris Zaldain, Jordan Lee and Rick Morris are all within sight, but no one is looking too thrilled. Morris was having a lively conversation with a guy on the bank and the four or so crappie fishermen under the bridge, but he didn’t seem too concerned.
Casey Ashley's move to expand his territory pays off. He hooks a good bass that reluctantly comes to the boat where Ashley lip-lands it. The 4-pound bass lets him cull. I was wrong on my last blog when I said he had only four. He must have snuck one in on me when I was shooting Cliff Pirch.
Day 1 leader Randall Tharp is off the water in Guntersville getting his lower unit changed.
We heard through the grapevine that Tharp had broken down and been towed to a dock, and we found him (with the remaining half of his spectators) waiting for a service team to arrive. He still seems to be remarkably calm, fishing around the marina, waiting for help, no four-letter words yelled at people, dogs or mechanical objects. Hate to see this any time, but this is the absolute worst. On the plus side, he had enough time to build his lead this morning, but every minute counts.