You can see how tough the Ouachita is on anglers' boats. The scary part isn't the part above the water; it's the area below that you can't see. "You don't even know they're there until you go over them," said Chris Ponce de Leon, our boat driver. "It can be tricky."
As Waine Pittman was exiting the area, our boat got stuck. "Welcome to Louisiana," he said. "Stumpland." Ponce de Leon was able to get the boat clear and move forward after a few minutes. As we got deeper in, you could see what lurks beneath when the water's up. Tons of little wooden death spikes with a vendetta against bass boats.
Waine Pittman of Georgia has not been successful back in Wall Lake, either, the same place Ron Welch came up empty. "It's dead as a hammer," he said. He's only got two dinks in the boat so far.
Ron Welch of California has zero as of 10:30 a.m. "I thought I'd just run up in there and get a limit, but that didn't work out," said Welch. Now he's making a run. A long one, he says.
Tim Johnston of Montana isn't getting the bites he wants. "I've got three in the boat and they weigh about a pound -- total," said Johnston with a laugh. "And I might be overestimating." He's in the spot he visited yesterday, but he's only been here for about 15 minutes this morning. "It's really tough today," he said.
Many moons ago, Day 1 leader Coby Carden and now Elite Series pro Jamie Horton were tournament partners in Alabama dominating nearly half the local tournaments there. At the time, Coby's current team partner, Chris Rutland, and now Elite Series pro Russ Lane comprised another team and were dominating the other half of the local events in Alabama.
Caught up with Coby Carden. Just caught his 5th keeper with us standing here and that one gives him about 10lbs or so without a big fish yet. Three solid fish in the 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 range.
Anglers head out to fish the Ouachita River in Monroe, La., on Day 2 of B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.