The pair of Moores (father Ron, son Ronnie) and I just found Gerald Swindle. He gave us the "zero" sign, when asked how he was doing today. At Thursday's weigh-in, Swindle mentioned fishing 5,000-something docks, and he's doing the same today, but it has yet to payoff. He started the day in a tie for 38th place with 9-6.
David Williams continues to grind away at filling a limit this morning. He's now got three keepers, caught on three different baits. Total weight: 6 pounds, maybe. "They're biting funny today for some reason," Williams said. His day hasn't gone as planned. Everyone thinks the later flights today will have an advantage due to the expected weather change. But Williams experienced a disadvantage this morning when boats were already on his prime spots from Day 1.
As noted before this tournament started, Elite Series pro Cliff Prince is in an unusual predicament. He's the "bubble boy" in the Elite Series yearly point standings for a Bassmaster Classic qualification. If someone who hasn't already qualified wins this tournament, Prince is out. For instance, Day 1 leader David Williams and second place Richard Howes, both of whom have fished all the Southern Opens, could knock Prince out.
David Williams, the leader with 14-1 on Day 1, is struggling a bit today. He didn't have a keeper until just now. No. 1 was a decent fish - 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 pounds. "It's been dead this morning for some reason," said Williams, who noted that he caught keepers throughout the day Thursday. "They'll start biting when this front comes in." Williams had two 3-pounds-plus bass in his bag yesterday.
I don’t give much credence to the “luck of the draw” at most Bassmaster Open tournaments. The earlier you start on day 1 the later you get the green light on day 2 and vice versa. The result is that every angler has equal time on the water after two days of fishing regardless of the number they draw. However, there are times when the draw can play a big factor. It appears that the Norman Open may be one of those times.
Being a self-professed weather geek I couldn’t resist checking the latest satellite map of the cloud cover. To echo Steve Wright’s previous post change indeed is on the way. Clouds cover a wide area to the west of us. The Weather Channel experts are calling for our area to be at the northern edge of the front that fired up the damaging storms from Texas to Arkansas yesterday.
It's a good new/bad news situation for Michael Murphy this morning. The good news: He's got three bass in the boat. The bad news: He's got a blown powerhead on his outboard. "I can only go about 7 miles an hour," said Murphy, who is making the best of it. He started the day in 108th place after catching 3 bass weighing 4-15 on Day 1.
It feels like there's a weather change in the air, as was predicted, but it may be coming earlier than forecast. There's considerably more chop on the water than we saw all morning yesterday. And the sky that was clear at takeoff is now mostly overcast. We'll see at the 3 p.m. Blythe Landing weigh-in whether this weather makes a difference.
Opens anglers begin the second day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #3 presented by Allstate.