Skeet Reese said yesterday that he feels like he let his AOY chances slip away after a rough day on the water. It looks like he's trying to make up for that on Day 2. BassTrakk has him with over 17 pounds already, which will gain him some valuable places in the standings. The leaderboard is packed, with only 6 pounds separating about 70 anglers. Every pound Skeet catches will go a long way in sending him closer to the cut. But given how good the fishing has been, it still might not be enough
Skeet Reese might have been the most disappointed angler to cross the weigh-in stage on Day 1 at Lake Havasu. Reese expected to do well here, and entered the event 23rd in the Toyota Angler of the Year standings. After catching only 3 fish totaling 6 pounds, Reese was in 105th place.
Tharp told us he didn't start here yesterday, instead trying a spot down on the lake. It didn't produce many bites but a few went to the weigh-in with him yesterday. This upriver spot was more productive for him, so he likely wanted to see what it had left at the beginning of Day 2.
Dave Mercer is not scared to get his feet wet in service of covering this tournament.
Only a few minutes after his first fish, Jordan Lee hooks into his second keeper. The largemouth takes a full loop around the boat before Jordan gets his hands on it and lifts the fish in. Update by Bassmaster Marshall Daniel Elias
These hills that provide a scenic backdrop for Tharp's morning of fishing can either seem to be alive with the beautiful muted colors of the desert or dead and lifeless, depending on your perspective. If you've never been, the desert is a fascinating place. With so little water, it can take years to grow the shabby scrub brush that sparsely dots the hills. Nothing comes easy out here in the Wild West, including bites for Tharp. He's averaging a fish an hour right now, but hopefully the rising sun will start positioning the fish tighter to the cover he's fishing.