It's early on Day Two, and Scott Ashmore has two good keepers.
Yusuke Miyazaki is pretty pleased with his third catch of the day. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Howard Avery.
Jacobson and I are back on the water with John Snyder, a West Point Lake fishing guide. He knows this lake intimately. There has been a good chop on the water from the get-go. It's already more bumpy than at anytime yesterday. The wind is supposed to increase, which should make it another tough day for the pros that are sight fishing. There were some bedding bass caught yesterday, but that doesn't appear to be a winning strategy.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Bill Standifer.
Yusuke Miyazaki's lands No. 2 on Day Two. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Howard Avery.
Casey Ashley with 2 fish in the livewell. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chad Patterson.
Yusuke Miyazaki's first keeper of Day Two. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Howard Avery.
Only three previous times in Elite history has the average bass weighed less than two pounds. Most recently, it happened in 2011 on the Arkansas River when the average fish tipped the scales at just 1.97 pounds. The year before that, Clarks Hill Reservoir yielded an average bass weighing 1.92. And the current record for smallest bass dates back to 2007 when the Kissimmee Chain's average keeper weighed only 1.78 pounds. West Point can beat that ... unfortunately.
If you watched the weigh-in yesterday, or even if you just glanced at the standings, you probably noticed that the fishing was a little slow. One hundred anglers weighed in 441 bass. The average in an Elite tournament would be around 460, so the fishing was a little tougher than usual. The number that should have shocked you, though, was the total weight of those 441 bass — 729 pounds, 11 ounces. It means the average bass coming out of West Point Lake yesterday weighed just 1.65 pounds (about 1 pound, 10 ounces). That's really, really small.
The vast contrast in the Elite Series anglers always amazes me. Yesterday morning I was running all over the place chasing Steve Kennedy out of the gate. Today I followed Cliff Crochet out of the ramp on a half mile run at about half throttle. As Cliff made his first cast I saw Kennedy blow by in route to his 5th or 6th stop no doubt.