B.A.S.S. photographer Seigo Saito catches up with Elite Series pros in and around Bull Shoals as they decide how to spend their free day.
See what Ott does on a cancelled tournament day.
Here's how the Elites will handle an unexpected day off.
Dave Mercer checks on the weather at Bull Shoals. It's not good.
Obviously we are watching the Weather Channel. A big part of their coverage is centered on this storm, at least the part that is in Oklahoma and headed our way. Those guys are actually out there chasing tornadoes. Which is fine from the dry, comfort of a truck. It also helps that you can see for miles and miles across the plains. In the Ozarks, though, at least in most places you couldn't see a funnel cloud until it's right on top of you.
Elites were ready to go but the weather wouldn't cooperate.
Elite Series anglers at launch await news of a postponed Day One of the Ramada Quest on Bull Shoals.
Without a tourament to fish many of the Elite anglers found the time to have a relaxing breakfast. In the first photo by Mark Woods, that's Scott Rook, Kevin VanDam and Davy Hite getting ready to chow down. In the second photo, by Gary Harner, Brandon Palaniuk chats with locals.
Anytime an Elite Series tournament is going on, I check in on the live blog every 20 minutes or so to get my fix. I just have to know what’s happening. I’ve been writing about the Bassmaster pros for over 30 years and I’m still an addicted fan. The blogs are a happy distraction when I’m supposed to be busy writing in my office back home in southern Ohio. Since I wasn’t getting much work done at home during Elite Series events, I figured I might as well be at the tournaments blogging.
This is what the Weather Channel is telling us on their website, a site that is likely being heavily monitored all over this area at the moment. "A severe thunderstorm is occurring or imminent in your area. Unplug electronics before the storm hits, and move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business. Please check back for official updates."