The water temperature is 58 this morning, which is up 3 degrees from the last two days. Vinson is still plugging away. He says he's still marking fish on his electronics. And reminds us, or himself, that much of what he's fishing didn't develop until later in the day.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chad Doerr
I'm on the water again with ace photographer, Seigo, and boat driver B.J. Davis of Mt. Home, Ark. We found Aaron Martens fishing a short pocket off the main lake not far from the marina. I know that he has been catching some of his bass sigh fishing, but he's not doing that yet. He told use he put a good fish in the box before we arrive. It was likely the first bass caught today.
Gary Klein sets the hook on a nice keeper smallmouth.
Vinson has made it to the area. The debris doesn't seem to bother him much. He said this is the first time he's seen it here, knowing the wind pushed it there overnight. He said he's going to fish through it a little while, then run his boat up and down the bank to break it up and hope it stays off. Should be interesting. Meanwhile, he quickly hooked up. But it's a big white bass. "That's where the bass have been all week, wherever these guys are," he said.
The pre-launch atmosphere at the marina was less hectic due to the field being cut to 50 pros. The mood is more upbeat than tense, as it had been the first two mornings. Any pro that makes the first cut should feel proud of the accomplishment. Many do, and justifiably so.
BJ Haseotes fishing for No. 2. (Photo by marshal Bill McNutt)
We beat Greg Vinson to his spot and we see a couple things that will likely distress him. First, there's a turkey gobbling on the point he's been fishing and local turkey hunter has his boat pulled right on top of Vinson's juice.