Even more action from Lake Guntersville on Day One the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
Steven Wray at Guntersville Tackle and Outdoors says the absolute worst day to fish here is after a thunderstorm like we had last night. He said fishing will be better tomorrow, but the crowds will be substantially larger.
Overstreet and I are off the water. We both commented that it didn't feel like a typical Classic. There's tons of energy out there, and some great fish catches, but we haven't gotten a sense of the storylines yet. In past years we've been in the thick of things from the start. Maybe we were today, or maybe it will be won someplace we didn't venture near. Stay tuned for more analysis after weigh-in.
When Michael Adrian learned one of his first volunteer assignments with the National Guard after moving to Alabama would be to help at the Toyota booth at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, he said, "I love fishing, so why not?" Adrian, who is originally from Indiana and active duty with the Air Force, is helping at Toyota's casting contest and handing out temporary tattoos to kids, all near a giant camouflage Toyota truck.
A look at the volunteers from Auburn University who are helping install the GoPros this week at the Classic.
With roughly 20 minutes left, Fred Roumbanis is still lobbing his swimbait looking for another big bite. Most everyone is shuffling down toward the ramp. This weigh in is shaping up to be an exciting one.
Jonathon VanDam is still looking to cull a squealer. He set the hook on what turned out to be a monstrous gizzard shad, foul-hooked. On the next cast he bowed up again, this time it was a bass too small to keep. Overstreet commented that the young pro is fishing the "Trashmaster Classic."
We found Jonathon VanDam fishing not far from Chapman, although they're separated by a spit of land. He said he has two 5-pounders, a 4, a 2 and a 1. He needs to cull and reported that he lost two in the 5-pound class in the past hour. Those might've put him in the lead. We watched as his rod bowed up and after a brief fight he brought a slimy catfish into the boat. The hunt goes on.
Here's an eagle's eye view of Dean Rojas, shot from a remote control helicopter equipped with a GoPro camera.
We're starting to see a little bit more movement and some clustering of boats in likely spots. Terry Scroggins ran in fished for 5 minutes and left. Bobby Lane and Josh Bertrand are nearby, without spectators. Bertrand tells us he has 5 babies in the livewell and is making some adjustments to garner a big bite.