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JWC's Heaton and Wood filling the livewell

Oct 26, 2013

Chase Heaton and Ryan Wood have established the closest thing to a pattern that I've seen so far today. They're fishing near the midpoint of Pool 9 where a half-dozen jetties line up through a mile-long stretch. Heaton just put his second fish in the boat with a silver lipless crankbait. As I was writing the last sentence, Wood caught his fourth keeper today. He estimated his weight at about 7 pounds.  

JWC Western anglers on jetty tip

Oct 26, 2013

Chase Heaton and Ryan Wood of the Western Division are cranking a jetty tip on the main river. Wood has three keepers in the livewell, while Heaton has one. Heaton just bowed up on a fish, but it was a just a big drum. He lost a bass about five casts later. There are obviously some fish on this jetty near the midway point of this pool.

Looking up for Thompson

Oct 26, 2013

Another small keeper for Thompson. This one a 14-inch largemouth. Thompson caught six fish in the last eight casts with a shaky head. All but one were nonkeepers. But at least things are looking up on the activity front.

Current is flowing

Oct 26, 2013

The currents are starting to pull, and the sun is popping out. Two things that Doug Thompson wants to see. It may get right out here pretty soon.

That's No. 3 for Thompson!

Oct 26, 2013

Keeper No. 3 in the box for Thompson. A little better at around 2 1/2 pounds .

Two keepers for Thompson

Oct 26, 2013

Two keepers now for Thompson. Both small spots, but two keepers nonetheless. Those go a long way with few big bites. Just ask Jeff Lugar, Thompson's nearest competitor at the start of the day. Lugar only brought four fish to the scales on Day 2 and trailed Thompson at the start of Day 3 by 15 ounces — about the weight of a 12-inch spot.

JWC anglers adapt as current starts flowing

Oct 26, 2013

Rivers are constantly changing. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said you can never step into the same river twice. Well, the Arkansas River has already changed this morning for the JWC contenders. The flow has picked up in Pool 9, presumably the result of an increase in hydropower generation at the dam. As with any river system, these anglers will have to constantly adapt to changing conditions.

Nation Championship: Final Takeoff

Oct 26, 2013

Anglers head out on Dardanelle for the final day and to find out who will earn a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

Lack of current may affect conditions

Oct 26, 2013

Here's a quick update on fishing conditions on Pool 9 of the Arkansas River: It's a few degrees warmer than yesterday's practice, but the river appears to be about a foot lower, and there's not quite as much current. There's still a noticeable flow, but it appears the hydropower plant at the dam isn't cranking as many units as it was during practice. I'm not sure the current will have as much effect as the lower pool level, which could take some small backwater areas out of play.

Thompson figuring out what's next

Oct 26, 2013

The lack of current is killing Thompson's bite, early at least. He's made the same pass now twice with only one keeper. Fishing down main river jetties with an umbrella rig, Thompson says the current is critical to keep the fish pushed up against the bank. Right now he's hearing a few bust the surface but they're at random to say the least and typically out of reach. He's hoping a few folks fire up the electric heat pumps this morning so he can get on a hot streak of his own. If they don't start generating some power soon ...

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