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.
We had a little confusion earlier about Rojas' fifth fish. He actually culled before he had a limit, telling us that he had a fish that wasn't looking too spunky in the livewell. "I can't afford to have a 2-pounder die on me," he said. Not to worry, he quickly got that fifth fish to get back to five.
We're back on Casey Ashley and watched him boat No. 4. A few minutes later he sets the hook into No. 5. His rod bows for maybe 3 seconds and the fish comes off. Ashley shows no emotion. He quickly switches rods and makes a few follow-up casts with a jig. No dice. Ashley is moving about on his electric motor and expanding his territory. He needs one more to get his limit. He also needs some big bites if he is to stay in contention.
GoPro video from Randall Tharp's Day 1 that put him in the lead.
Randall Tharp left his first spot like a Pied Piper of fiberglass, fifty rooster tails following. Several of them drove on plane right over his best shallow stretch. Five more immediately moved in and started fishing. I hope he's not saving that place for later. Now we've moved on to Edwin Evers, with a gallery of 10 boats, fishing a different kind of water.
Classic pros talk brown sugar and Day 2 adjustments at the GEICO Classic.
The pros prepare to launch on Alabama's Lake Guntersville as Day 2 of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic gets underway.
Dean Rojas has a limit in the boat. It's not the kind of limit he needs to stay in contention or win this thing, but it's a good start. We watched Rojas fish this area yesterday, and he mostly stayed close to the rip rap bank that separates this pocket from the rest of the lake. But today he's expanding into other parts of this roughly 6 or 7 acre area.
Cliff Pirch just boated a solid keeper, his second of the day. There are a half dozen spectator boats in here. Most are keeping their distance, but a few are venturing too close and running over some of the better areas. Must be frustrating for Pirch and Ashley.