My boat driver this morning is Steve Isley from Omaha, Ark. He is a bass addict who owns a heating and cooling business. Someday I hope to be out there with them," he said of the Elite Series pros. Also along for the tournament coverage is Shaye Baker, a fellow freelance writer/photographer who also fishes the Bassmaster Opens. He'll be fishing the Red River Open next week.
It's keeper No. 3 for Kelly Jordon. A spotted bass that will go about 1.2 pounds. Photo by Jeremy Homeyer.
Kevin Ledoux lands a 2 1/2-pound smallmouth. Photo by Marshal Kevin Jackson.
It's not a monster, but this 2 lb. keeper puts Kelly Jordon on the board. Photo by Jeremy Homeyer.
If you can’t be in Bull Shoals, Ark., to see the Ramada Quest in person, we’ve got you covered.
Day is breaking at the Bull Shoals Boat Dock. The pros have launched and most of them have parked in the Martina's boat slips, including Fletcher Shryock. "I've made few changes for today," he said. "I'm fishing a pattern. I'll start on my best spot and start running." Upon hearing that his Marshall shivers. He's bundled up but did't pack any long underwear. He looks longingly at Shryock's helmet.
Thursday’s cancellation gave me another day to contemplate how I’m going to catch bass here at Bull Shoals over the next few days.
It's the second predawn launch at Bull Shoals and the first day of fishing for the pros. The storm has passed. Sunshine and strong winds are predicted. The morning low was supposed to be 32 degrees. It's 40 now so the weatherman looks to be off a few degrees. Warmer temperatures bode well for the pros. The pros appear more upbeat and energized at the ramp this morning. They've had an extra day to rest and prepare tackle. That bodes poorly for the bass.
With Day One postponed, some Elites spent the afternoon trout fishing on the White River.