Oklahoma pro Scott Ashmore with a small keeper. Ideally, he'd cull this by the end of the day.
Around the corner from the takeoff, a bridge over the entrance to Illinois Bayou is loaded with anglers. Timmy Horton is silhouetted under the bridge - look for Seigo Saito's photos later - and Aaron Martens is off to our left working the wooded bank. Justin Lucas and James Niggemeyer both exit the bayou, followed by Matt Reed. Horton misses a fish. Martens moves under the bridge bobbing in the wakes of the departed.
Here's a look at the Elite Series anglers as the ready to take on Day 1 on Lake Dardanelle.
Peak Blue DEF pro Fred Roumbanis is working hard this morning.
All the anglers have launched and as we head out we see Ish Monroe fishing very close to the ramp. From the looks of it, a lot of the anglers are making a solid run up the river. Should be interesting to see anglers jockeying for water like always.
A foggy morning on Lake Dardanelle brings Charlie Hartley a nice 4-pounder for his first fish.
Our boat driver Hunter Baughman said he didn't even have a chance to get cold as we searched for anglers. Ish Monroe was just on the other side of the breakwall at the state park launch. He's throwing a squarebill and said he's caught a catfish, two shorts and a miss. The fog that looked like it might cause a delay never thickened, but remnants are floating on the surface. Ish moves and so are we.