Latest Opens Series News

A super-charged Top 12

Oct 3, 2014

The Lake Norman code may have been cracked Friday, at least by the 12 finalists in the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open sponsored by Allstate.

Williams up to the challenge

Oct 3, 2014

The most capable bass tournament fishermen have an uncanny ability to change gears and stuff their livewells when plans A, B, and C go awry.

Open: Day 2 weigh-in

Oct 3, 2014

See what the pros and cos brought to the scales Day 2 of 2014 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3.

Hank Cherry’s Norman nuances

Oct 3, 2014

Listen to Hank Cherry describe the nuances of early fall fishing on Lake Norman and you think he’s never read the textbooks of bass fishing.

Day 2: Nine from Norman

Oct 3, 2014

Behind the scenes at Lake Norman: Craig Lamb dodges the rain to bring you some off-stage action on Day 2!

Day 2 on Lake Norman

Oct 3, 2014

Anglers face changing weather conditions on Lake Norman on Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3 presented by Allstate.

No drowned rats yet

Oct 3, 2014

It’s well into the afternoon on the second day of the Norman Open. The sky is darkening, but it has yet to unleash the wet stuff. The barometer continues to plummet, which should kick the bass into gear.   With a little luck, the rain will hold off until after the weigh-in. As someone who has fished many Bassmaster Opens, I’d much rather fish in the rain than weigh my fish on stage looking like a drowned rat.  

Morgenthaler's plans

Oct 3, 2014

After weighing in yesterday and claiming third place with 13 pounds, 8 ounces, Chad Morgenthaler told me that he had caught 20 bass. Only one of them was a largemouth. It weighed 3 ½ pounds, which qualifies as a kicker fish in this event.   Morgenthaler said he would spend more time fishing for largemouths today. Just what that entails he didn’t say.  

Joey Nania's foggy fish

Oct 3, 2014

One of which is the right species!

Tactical details

Oct 3, 2014

Now that the anglers are on the water, we can provide a few more details about how the bass are being caught, provided we don’t get too specific.   The competitors can’t read our blogs until after they weigh in. And, those that make the top-12 cut aren’t likely to change what they are doing tomorrow based on the blogs. They’ll be tuned into what’s working for them and will be content to dance with the girl they brung.  

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