B.A.S.S. writer Craig Lamb captures the early moments of the Southern Open Day 2 launch.
The flags at Blythe Landing were rippling a bit at the 7 a.m. takeoff for Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open presented by Allstate. That breeze is an improvement on the limp flags marking yesterday's start. Lake Norman needs a weather change to improve the bass fishing, according to many of the 146 pros and co-anglers in this event. And one might be coming, around noon today when scattered thunderstorms and 10 mph south/southwest winds are forecast. But for now, it's clear and calm, just like on Day 1.
Thursday marked a big day for Cliff Pace. Day 1 at Lake Norman marked his first full day of bass tournament fishing since his deer stand accident in January.
Before the Bassmaster Lake Norman Open got underway, local Elite Series pro Hank Cherry predicted that it would take four spotted bass and one kicker largemouth a day to be in contention. Cherry must be clairvoyant.
An autumn phenomenon is holding down the weights at the Southern Open.
See what the pros and cos brought to the scales Day 1 of 2014 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3.
Anglers begin to funnel into the ramp. Weigh-in is coming up soon at Blythe Landing.
Go on the water as the open anglers compete in Day 1 of the Southern Open #3 on Lake Norman
At the pre-tournament meeting last night, I talked to several anglers on the pro side about how they planned to fish today. One of them told me he would start with an Alabama rig. I’m not going to mention his name in case he slams them today and wants to keep it to himself.