"The coffee scent was critical to my success. The fish didn't hold on to the lure very long. They seemed to like the coffee taste and held it just a moment longer than other plastics. That gave me the time I needed to set the hook."
Several fine anglers found their spots and patterns ruined by wind and the resulting muddy water. In fact, one angler described the water at his spot as looking like a YooHoo chocolate drink.
"I think most of the anglers will fish the grass and do something similar to what I've been doing. Kentucky Lake is big. There's a lot of stuff to fish out there."
The Classic berths will be awarded after the season's final event.The top 10 in the points standings will be invited to join the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series, the highest level of BASS competition.
You really had to pick the cover apart if you wanted to catch anything. Subtle didn't work; you had to wake them up or make them mad before they would bite.
Jerry Williams had a backup plan he had found during practice: "It was a dock bite, and I hadn't had to go to it the last two days, but I knew I had to make that move this morning when my fish were gone."
The wind changed the surface conditions of the lake, from a decent chop with mild current into a torrent of white caps, all but washing away the shallow pattern most of the anglers were dialed into on Day One.
"Going back to the Classic on the Red River would be nice," said Williams. "The Red River fits the way I like to fish. If I go, I'll be putting everything I've got into it."
As some were having trouble with the lack of wind, a few of the pros were able to put together a solid pattern that held up on Day One.
The top 10 after the Texas tournament will be invited to advance to the Elite level, and the top three will earn berths in the Bassmaster Classic on Louisiana's Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, Feb. 20-22.