"Every day's different with these smallmouths," said Cook. "We had a bunch of big fish follow the bait today. It's just that their attitude wasn't very good today."
"I ran all the way down to Ticonderoga, went to the rod box. It was locked, and I realized my wife had the keys to it back in the truck. It went downhill from there."
"You can have an idea on Sunday morning but you never know which couple of guys are going to make a leap and change the show."
Anglers work on timing and perfect athletic execution to pick apart their adversary, targeting his weaknesses and taking advantage of every deficiency.
Whereas Steve Kennedy had to catch more than 120 pounds of bass to hold off Skeet Reese at the Golden State Shootout at Clear Lake last month, anglers said that about half that amount would put them in contention on Clarks Hill Lake.
It's down to the 12 finalists in the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series.
Highlights from Day One of the 2006 Elite Series on Lake Amistad.
Kevin VanDam's name is added to the already impressive list of anglers committing to the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series.
Follow Ken Cook and Michael Iaconelli as they fish the same patch of water on Oneida Lake.
The world's most elite anglers who together have more than 150 BASS victories to their names have signed up for the most elite bass fishing series in the world.