Further back in McDade is Ott DeFoe. We don't know if he's got anything, but we just saw Steve Kennedy swing a 1 1/2 pounder aboard.
Brandon Palanuik is in Shaw Lake, the backwater area where so many anglers practiced at least part of the day on Wednesday, and where Skeet Reese won the Classic in 2009.
Something to pay attention to with these early weights are the quality of fish. For instance, Randy Howell is leading on BASSTrakk right now with a 9 pound limit. That’s not going to hold up. Look for guys putting 3-pound class fish in the boat, even if they just have a couple of them. Today seems to be the day anglers think will be the best day for fishing in terms of weather. It’s been warm for a couple days, which most of these guys liked. This morning it dropped 10 degrees from when we got to the ramp at 5:30 a.m. to the takeoff at 7 a.m.
Talking with David Walker at the dock this morning, he told me he liked the weather because it will eliminate more of the field right from the start.
Seigo Saito spent the day with Brandon Palaniuk on Wednesday for the official practice period of the Bassmaster Classic.
The big debate coming in here was who is going lock and will it pay off. These river tournaments are always a story of fishing time vs. quality fish vs. pressured fish.
Apparently Overstreet found his way through the wood without getting attacked by snakes, gators, nutria or sasquatch.
Iaconelli, Shryock, Kennedy, Wilks and Upshaw are in Pool 5.
B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet is already busy on the Red River.
Winning the Classic is all about making the right decisions. There are so many variables involved that successful anglers have to be flexible.