The fact that tournament big bass weights are falling at West Point Lake may make sense. A reservoir goes through a natural boom and bust period. When WPL was turning out its biggest bass, it had probably crested the boom period as a new reservoir. Now it's older and more settled. While there are certainly some giants in the lake, they're probably not as easy to catch.
Running and gunning was the theme early on Day One of the West Point Lake Battle.
This is the seventh professional level tournament that B.A.S.S. has held on West Point Lake. Over the years, the weight of a big bass on WPL has actually gone down some. Joe Garner won big bass honors at the 1977 Alabama Invitational with a hefty largemouth that weighed 8-11 — and the lake (though not the bass) was not even three years old then). A year later, James Thomas had one that weighed 7-15 and was the biggest at that Invitational.
As you can plainly see, the best shutter speed to use on your SLR camera to capture Brandon Palaniuk catching a nice bass is 1/400.
Greg Vinson Major Cull! By Marshal Todd Shearin.
B.A.S.S. has been coming to West Point Lake for about as long as there's been a West Point Lake to come to. It was impounded in 1974, and B.A.S.S. held Alabama Invitationals there in 1977 and 1978. They were called "Alabama" Invitationals and not "Georgia" Invitationals because the host city for the first two events was Lanett, Ala. The next two invitationals on West Point were held out of LaGrange, Ga., and were therefore Georgia Invitationals. Lanett hosted its last B.A.S.S. professional event on West Point in 2005.
A few off and on rain showers have fallen this morning at West Point Lake but nothing much more powerful than a sprinkle... so far anyway.
Charlie Hartley is fishing a line of flooded trees. We've seen several different pros fishing similar places with varying success. Hartley says he has two little ones. He is getting close to a tree that has an ospreys nest on top of it. The osprey is on the nest and griping at Hartley. "I caught one under that osprey in practice," Hartley says. He tries to sweet talk the bird as be casts under the nest. He sets the hook and and misses as the osprey takes to the air.
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: