Our boat driver Jim Leary took us up Alred's, which he says can be excellent. A number of bags in the high 20s are regularly caught here in local derbies, and he bagged 30 pounds here flipping in August. Terry Scroggins is in here checking out the numerous humps. He has another area where he can get "25 pounds up lake" and is here looking for the big ones.
Brent Chapman just drove up, saw Howell, and circled back to talk. "Is there some tournament going on here this weekend?" They're sharing detailed information. That's rare at this level, especially with so much on the line. There are very few partnerships like that on tour, especially among two such accomplished pros.
We've stayed in the same general area, which seems to be a major thoroughfare. Patrick Bone finally left after scouring his spot for an extended period of time and Randy Howell moved in nearby. As befits the cold temps, even though many of them are chunking and winding, they're doing it s-l-o-w-l-y.
Brandon Palaniuk is the first angler we come up to in Alred's. He's slinging a trap near one of the islands, which is hosting a gaggle of coots. Palaniuk closes in on the island Covered in lay downs and within a moment of flipping lands a fish from the branches. "I thought there was a fish, then I got hung ... Then there was a fish." He tosses the 2- to 3- pounder back and continues working the island.
We've run several miles up lake. Plenty of fishermen along the way, but no Classic anglers. Now we found Rick Morris offshore. The sun is trying to poke out. Moving again. Not far from Rick Morris is Jordan Lee. No one seems to be bounced up tight today, but they're definitely clustered in certain areas. Patrick Bone is just a half mile from Jordan Lane. He reported hooking a 7 pounder earlier and had two other bites. He's fishing a lure I didn't expect to see this week.
Bassmaster.com's Mike Suchan shooting BassCam with Terry Scroggins.
Let the GoPro build begin! We'll have a GoPro on every boat all three days this year for the Classic. Looking forward to bringing the fans every second of coverage we can. We'll also have a GoPro in the air capturing aerial footage this week!
Randall Tharp is just a few hundred yards from Klein, moving faster than either Gary or Ish. It takes us a bit longer to figure out who is who --- new wraps for a season.