The first flakes are falling on us. We're down near the intakes for the dam, which is about a mile away. Tommy Biffle, one of the home state favorites here, was fishing along the buoys keeping anglers away. Across the lake is another favorite, Mike McClelland, who's working his way in a deep cove. The jerk bait specialist is doing his thing - very slowly. The chill has worked through the layers of clothing as more flakes hit the water. The storm is about to hit in earnest, just as the weatherman predicted.
We're watching Jeremy Starks and it's cold, but the worst is yet to come.
We've just located Mark Dove, who is fishing far faster than anyone else we've seen.
I’ve come to learn that there’s a 300-boat tournament here next weekend, and it’s likely that many of the observers are having their prefishing done for them by the Classic anglers.
Steve Bowman and Dave Mercer check out the snow. No word on a snowball fight after this picture was taken.
Defending champion Chris Lane said he's already driven about 40 miles in the boat this morning and said his Florida blood is wearing a little thin. He's heating his hands with a portable heater. "Wait a few minutes," he said. "It'll be flaming hot."!
We're halfway back to Tulsa from the Grand Lake launch ramp, and it's a winter wonderland.
Running down lake toward the dam, we nearly passed a small inlet before we saw Terry Big Show Scroggins in the back checking out a huge woodpile. The place is called Twin Coves, and both are babies, maybe 100 yards deep. Scroggins worked the docks on both sides before exiting to his next locale. Before we could get moving, defending Classic champ Chris Lane flew by. Seems these guys are running around doing last-second spot checking.
VanDam is ripping his jerkbait pretty quickly. With the low pressure system upon us, the fish ought to be chewing, but we have yet to see a fish caught.