Greg Hackney is working his way back to where he was working a bedding fish this morning. This pocket has a bit more breeze in it as he works his way back to the bed. He is using a senko around small sapling trees, old pole timber and branches in the water. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.
Elites launch for Day One of the West Point Lake Battle.
A look back at the best images from the last Elite Series stop in La Grange, Ga.!
Michael Iaconelli just landed keeper No. 4. — a 3-pound spot. It nailed his crank. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
We're having trouble getting close to the pros to photograph them. When we come around, they stop fishing and jet away. I'm beginning to get a complex We finally corner Davy Hite in a quiet pocket. He has one bass. "He's not a big one, but he's a the champ right now," Hite says. He darts across the cove and casts a topwater bait to a flooded bush. No takers.
Greg Hackney just flipped a solid keeper in the boat; he caught it flipping a creature type bait. The rain has stopped and there is a very light breeze on the water now. It's still overcast. Greg is being very stealthy as he slowly works the grass edge. He is working every bit of the leading edge of the grass area. He is bypassing the grass closer to the shore line in this pocket. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.
We're working our way back to the ramp when we come across KVD again. This time he's fishing a windy point. Three spectator boats have found him. When asked how he's doing his response is, "not so good." KVD pulls up his trolling motor and he's gone.
Stephen Browning is fishing flooded trees. He kneels to cast under some low branches. These guys will do whatever it takes to catch a bass. He's still looking for his first bass of the day. "I ain't worried yet," he says with a confident smile. His mood will change if he doesn't box one in the next hour or so.