We won't really know what these anglers are using and how they are using them until this event gets a day or two older. But Jay Kumar is our consummate pattern master. His web site BassGold.com has been a God-send to anglers who like plying new water and want to get some usable information on what could or should be working. According to BassGold:
Paul Elias landed a small keeper just as we pulled up to him. He's casting to a point. It's his first bass of the day. From what I've seen thus far, the bite is painfully slow. If things don't pick up, we're going to see lots of light bags coming to the scales. Elias sets the hook and whiffs. He's a got a spinning outfit in his hands right now.
Greg Hackney just caught that bed fish. That was fun! Gotta love it when a pro calls the shot. He thinks he has another one spotted and is working that one. He is looking for every inch of height to better see this one. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.
Greg Hackney is working his way back to where he was working a bedding fish this morning. This pocket has a bit more breeze in it as he works his way back to the bed. He is using a senko around small sapling trees, old pole timber and branches in the water. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.
Elites launch for Day One of the West Point Lake Battle.
A look back at the best images from the last Elite Series stop in La Grange, Ga.!
Michael Iaconelli just landed keeper No. 4. — a 3-pound spot. It nailed his crank. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
We're having trouble getting close to the pros to photograph them. When we come around, they stop fishing and jet away. I'm beginning to get a complex We finally corner Davy Hite in a quiet pocket. He has one bass. "He's not a big one, but he's a the champ right now," Hite says. He darts across the cove and casts a topwater bait to a flooded bush. No takers.
Greg Hackney just flipped a solid keeper in the boat; he caught it flipping a creature type bait. The rain has stopped and there is a very light breeze on the water now. It's still overcast. Greg is being very stealthy as he slowly works the grass edge. He is working every bit of the leading edge of the grass area. He is bypassing the grass closer to the shore line in this pocket. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Russell Sanders.