Randy Burch gets his fish checked by the Bassmaster crew.
Edgar Romero, representing the Mexican B.A.S.S. Nation, has lots of family support. Romero greets his children after coming off the weigh-in stage.
Ian MacDonald of Illinois gets ready for his chance on stage.
Monroe resident and 2015 Carhartt College Series Bassmaster Classic contender Brett Preuett and I set out in the Tundra on Day 2 instead of the boat to see if we could track down a few of the competitors from the bank. We found a few.
Koji Kuroda of Japan is beating this bank, and he's got one bass to show for it.
You can see how tough the Ouachita is on anglers' boats. The scary part isn't the part above the water; it's the area below that you can't see. "You don't even know they're there until you go over them," said Chris Ponce de Leon, our boat driver. "It can be tricky."
As Waine Pittman was exiting the area, our boat got stuck. "Welcome to Louisiana," he said. "Stumpland." Ponce de Leon was able to get the boat clear and move forward after a few minutes. As we got deeper in, you could see what lurks beneath when the water's up. Tons of little wooden death spikes with a vendetta against bass boats.