Topics: Elite

Day Four with Cherry

May 5, 2013

Catch up with Hank Cherry and his big bass of the day on West Point!

Day Four with Martens

May 5, 2013

Check out runner-up Aaron Martens on West Point Lake!

Skeet sets sights on AOY

May 5, 2013

California angler wins $100,000, his 14th Classic qualification and enough points to boost him to third in the AOY race.

Day Four behind the scenes

May 5, 2013

Couldn't make it to LaGrange? Here's a glimpse of what you missed!

Day Four with Tommy Biffle

May 5, 2013

See how Tommy Biffle's final day went as the tournament comes to a close.

Bowman calling turkies

May 5, 2013

With Tommy Biffle not catching any fish, Steve Bowman is trying to make something happen. Anything. You may notice that's a turkey call in his mouth (Hounds Tooth by Lyle Gilbert). Bowman is an avid turkey hunter and in this idle time he's practicing calls. We're departing Potato Creek and Tommy Biffle, going in search of the leader in Basstrakk Skeet Reese.

Ponds prepares his tackle

May 5, 2013

A B.A.S.S. cameraman captures the action as Pete Ponds changes his lure.

We're off to the weigh-in

May 5, 2013

Skeet Reese is going to keep fishing until the last possible minute. He's not far from the check-in site, and he's got a 5-pounder here that he's been trying to catch all week.   But James Overstreet is back in the boat with me, and we're out of here. It's almost weigh-in time, and it should be a good one.

Reese targeting fry-guarders

May 5, 2013

James Overstreet is in the boat with Skeet Reese and has been texting me details about Reese's method of success. He's not targeting bass on spawning beds, but bass that have spawned and are guarding fry. Most have been in small clumps of grass.   He's throwing a weightless green-pumpkin colored worm in these grass clumps right next to the bank. Reese said this area has been pummeled this week, but believes the sunshine today has made the difference.   He's using Berkley Nanofil 12-pound-test line with a fluorocarbon leader.

Not everybody's into bass fishing

May 5, 2013

With the intensity of an Elite Series event, and the crowd at yesterday's weigh-in - despite the rain - sometimes we forget that not everyone on this lake is into bass fishing. Observers around Skeet Reese just got a reminder of that.   The sea of spectator boats had to part as a white-haired man piloting an older model party barge came back into the creek, near where Reese is fishing. "What's everybody doing back here?" the man said, as he eased his boat through the crowd.  

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