As we ran through increasingly heavy snow looking for more boats, we came across two boats pleasure fishing. Begs the question....why would anyone be out here for less than a half million bucks?
There were many adventures on the drive back from Grove to Tulsa, including a stop for a snowball fight, led by Nanook of the North, Canadian Dave Mercer. He actually likes this weather. But Steve Bowman guided Mercer, Jim Sexton and me safely to our hotel, finally. On the way back, Classic competitor Jason Quinn passed us at one point with his boat in tow. It was 9:30, and Quinn had concluded a very short practice day on Grand Lake. "I'm from South Carolina," said Quinn. "I ain't used to this stuff."
To give you an idea of what is taking place around our anglers, check out this map courtesy of The Weather Channel. The red marker is Tulsa, Okla. All of the blue is snow, covering everything around Tulsa for a minimum of 150 miles, including Grove, Okla., and Grand Lake.
We're watching KVD now. Unlike some of the others, his body language is the same as it would be if it was 50, 70 or 90 degrees. It's snowing and he's a model of comfort, making extra-long casts.
Snow is starting to accumulate at the Bassmaster Classic service yard near the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., and it's still coming down.
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VanDam just spent some time on the deck of his Nitro rearranging his rods and getting some spinning gear out. It’s getting close to cold enough to make rod guides freeze, which might have prompted him to switch. He’s still moving in and around Duck Creek hitting docks and rocky outcroppings. We’re picking it up and moving just outside of Duck. The snow is falling more steadily now.
The first flakes are falling on us. We're down near the intakes for the dam, which is about a mile away. Tommy Biffle, one of the home state favorites here, was fishing along the buoys keeping anglers away. Across the lake is another favorite, Mike McClelland, who's working his way in a deep cove. The jerk bait specialist is doing his thing - very slowly. The chill has worked through the layers of clothing as more flakes hit the water. The storm is about to hit in earnest, just as the weatherman predicted.
We're watching Jeremy Starks and it's cold, but the worst is yet to come.