Southern Open #1 – Harris Chain of Lakes
The season will kick off in central Florida, Jan. 19-21 on the Harris Chain of Lakes out of Tavares. Host to more than a dozen Bassmaster events since 1986, “the Chain” was the site of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series opener in March. Shaw Grigsby smoked the field with a sight fishing bonanza of 75 pounds, 4 ounces over four days. The sprawling, canal-linked lakes have produced for Open pros, too. In a 2009 Open, Day One leader John Kremer posted 29-13, and eventual victor Bryan Hudgins on Day Two sacked a bag that was 1 ounce shy of 31 pounds.