Casey Ashley is known for his ability to sack bass in shallow water. He's geared up for shallow bass this morning. I see a couple of crawfish colored crank baits, shallow runners. And at least four of the six rods on his front deck are matched with jigs in different colors. The word is that crankbaits and jerkbaits are going to be a big players in this tournament, but I certainly expect jigs to play a big role here. Jigs catch big bass, and they are great cold water baits.
Virginia's Jeff Lugar plans to do a "whole lot of moving around today," fishing multiple areas with a variety of presentations. He predicts it'll take 28-30 pounds today "just to be in contention;" so there's no saving anything for tomorrow.
David Kilgore was the first competitor at the take-off on Day One of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
It' an hour before takeoff for the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Rock music blasts from the stage at Lake Guntersville to entertain the throngs of fans that line the bank. Dave Kilgore is the first to come around from the ramp and pull up to the dock. He is ready. He is predicting a shallow bite. Thelures on his deck say he isn't lying. I see two shallow crankbaits, a lipless rattler and two chattering jigs.
John Crews doesn't seem too concerned about the cold front that blew through the area last night. "These fish are gonna eat," he said. "You just have to get around them." Crews pointed to a recent local tournament in which water temperatures were much colder and the winning weight was more than 30 pounds.
Anglers started dropping their boats in the water a few minutes ago, and I've heard several comments about this morning's much colder temperatures.
Sure, you know how to watch a bass tournament, but this isn't just any bass tournament. It's the Bassmaster Classic, and things are very different.
Two years after losing the Classic by 6 ounces, Skeet Reese filled a void in his angling career by winning the 39th annual Bassmaster Classic.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bobby Murray gave an unexpected rousing start to the annual Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Murray won the first Bassmaster Classic in 1971, and on Thursday evening he donated the trophy to the future facility, to be built in Cullman, Ala. "I've been shining this thing for 43 years like it was Aladdin's lamp," Murray said. "It's brought lots of good luck to me. That's why I want to turn it over to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame."