Okay, people, let's talk about BASSTrakk this morning. You may have noticed quite a bit of discrepancy between the leaderboard shown on BASSTrakk at the end of Day 1 and the final standings from Day 1. That's just the nature of the BASSTrakk beast.
We were looking around upriver for tournament leader Edwin Evers, and we came across Bobby Lane just in time to see him land two keepers on consecutive casts. They weren't huge. But at this rate, he'll be culling before most folks are done with breakfast.
Tharp is a model of efficiency as he works down this bank. He's not letting the bait sit for long - instead focusing on making frequent presentations as he covers water. From the sound of it, he's going to be here awhile and will likely go back down that bank. The little backwater area he's in is a perfect spot for this time of year. It has some good depth out in the middle where we are hanging and a foot or two up along the cover he is casting to. And let me tell you, this is the stuff of a shallow-water fisherman's dream.
Casey Scanlon with his first fish is in the well on Day 2. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jim Valladare
Watch Clifford Pirch get to work on Day 1 of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels.
A coyote bounds up the hill behind Tharp as he sets the hook on his first bass of the day. After a short battle he expertly flips the 3 pound largemouth into the boat and let's out a yell: "Boom!" In fact, the yell might have been what put the coyote on edge. It's on point at the top of the bluff - it can hear Tharp but not see him. That fish is a great start for Tharp and he continues working down the bank.
Tharp is in a small backwater pool off the river with some tall bluff walls surrounding him. The scenery out west is gorgeous, but it's like nothing you've ever seen before if you live east of the Mississippi. There is a beautiful loneliness to the place that to me is incredibly peaceful.