The storm has officially hit. We are sitting at Gaston's Resort with a big picture window that looks out over the White River. A few minutes ago, you could see up and down the river as far as you wanted. Currently, the rain is so hard it's coming down in a sheet that has draped itself over the river so thick you can't hardly see the river just 50 yards away.
A lot of these anglers are either camping out or staying in a cottage along the historic White River. Above the dam on that river is Bull Shoals, below it is the tailwater that houses some of the finest rainbow and brown trout fishing in the country. This is where Forrest Wood and Jerry McKinnis started their friendship and respective businesses more than 50 years ago. People still flock to the river because of it's abundance of fish.
If you were at the dock Thursday and without the modern conveniences of smart phones and cable television, you might have wondered what all the fuss was about. The wind was howling. You could feel that no matter where you were standing. Strong winds in the Ozarks have a way of riding down every ridge and hollow, giving you the feeling in some places that the wind is coming from every direction.
For the second Elite event of the season, a tournament day has been cancelled. This one as the result of strong winds and a line of storms that promise the potential of tornadoes. When I woke up this morning the wind was blowing. I knew if we were at Erie, Toledo or many others this day would be cancelled. When you add in the tornadoes then this was an easy call to make.
B.A.S.S. officials postponed the start of today's Elite Series Ramada Quest at Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas. With heavy thunderstorms and rain approaching the lake officials didn't want to risk the safety of the anglers, marshals, tournament crew and spectators. Here's a look at a radar map for the area, snapped about 8:00 Central. Green indicates rain, and the band of yellow and orange is thunder and lightning. Weather permitting, the tournament will now launch on Friday and run through Monday. More details coming shortly.
Cold front, postponement add intrigue to Bull Shoals tournament.
Day One of the Ramada Quest has been postponed due to severe weather.
Soon after Kevin VanDam observed that even the carp weren't biting this morning, B.A.S.S. tournament officials postponed Day One of Ramada Quest competition.
It's dark in the Ozarks. But you can hear the wind rushing through the valleys and hilltops. When we went to bed, we expected to wake up this morning to severe thunderstorms, rain thunder and lightning. None of that happened. It is 45 minutes before take-off, warm and breezy and you can see distant, silent lighting. The storm is likely to hit during take-off. A postponement is possible.
Elites gather for the Ramada Quest on Bull Shoals Lake.