Senior Editor Ken Duke breaks down the entire 2013 Bassmaster Classic field.
VanDam just spent some time on the deck of his Nitro rearranging his rods and getting some spinning gear out. It’s getting close to cold enough to make rod guides freeze, which might have prompted him to switch. He’s still moving in and around Duck Creek hitting docks and rocky outcroppings. We’re picking it up and moving just outside of Duck. The snow is falling more steadily now.
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.