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Brandon Palaniuk thinks it will take an open mind to win the Bassmaster Classic, after seeing the Red River in today's practice. "The river is changing quickly, and I think the fish are changing just as quickly," Palaniuk said. "I think it's going to be that way all week. Every day there's going to be some kind of change you have to make." Palaniuk found some shallow backwater that was seven degrees warmer than it was on Sunday. "You can feel the heat from the sun," he said. "I was amazed how fast it has warmed some of this shallow water. And the wind today has muddied up a few of these areas."
If they're on the water, we're on 'em. Check out more images from the Red River as the competitors enjoy a final day of practice.
If you plan to watch the Classic from on the water here are a few tips from the Red River Waterway Commission.
Moments after spooking a big gator, Glasgow set the hook and landed a small bass. After six hours on the water and no jerking, I was beginning to doubt that bass actually live here. Now I know there's at least one -- but he's been sore-mouthed
We just met up with Brent Chapman, and he seemed a bit discouraged with what he is finding. He hinted that he'll probably stay in Pool 5. "I'm eliminating water today, which is why I came down here today, and I've found what I wanted to find." Which was nothing. With how many boats locked through, we haven't seen many anglers in Pool 4. There's either something going on in Pool 3, which is further down river from us, or folks have eliminated much of Pool 4, like Chapman, and have headed back to Pool 5. We're going back to Sullivan's, which has been the most popular spot in Pool 4.
Marty Robinson used Wednesday as proof that he found a better place to fish last weekend. He was hoping to add another hot spot Wednesday, one that was a little closer to the Red River South Marina launch site, but that didn't happen. "There's not much to report today," Robinson said. "I've caught one, about two pounds. "The water temperature is up a little today. A lot of the backwater areas have muddied up. The few where you've got decent water, there's a lot of pressure on the fish."
We are watching Alan Glasgow, who is exceptionally talkative and confident and pitches and flips with grace. He said he had a great practice and today continues that trend, even though he's fishing his secondary water. He said he knows where he'll start on Friday but it's not here.
As the first ever College BASS representative in the Bassmaster Classic, Andrew Upshaw is the youngest angler in the 49-man field. But he's got the confidence of a Classic veteran. At noon Wednesday, Upshaw said, "I'm about to be off the water. I've got one more spot I want to hit before I go in." Upshaw has a lot of experience on the Red River, especially for someone so young, and he thinks that local knowledge might pay off this week. "It's helped knowing those little spots that fish get in here," Upshaw said. "They are places where a guy might make two or three flips and move on. I know I can make 50 flips in there and catch one." Upshaw pretty much has his game plan set for the opening day of the Classic Friday. "I'm going to hit two places the first day," he said. "I've got a spot where I think I can catch a couple of big ones early, then I'm going to spend the rest of the day in another spot."
Martens says he's fishing water today that he hasn't hit since one of his first trips here, old-school stuff. His baits will be pretty conventional, too. No horsey heads or hair jigs he claims. Somehow that seems questionable. He's a perfectionist of the first order, so even if the baits are fairly conventional you can bet he'll implement a few tweaks.