David Cavell of the Louisiana B.A.S.S. Nation is welcomed to the stage by his family and support team. When asked who her favorite angler was, Cavell's daughter Chloe said, "My Dad!"
Brett Reid is waiting for the Nation anglers to show up and weigh their fish.
The Ouachita River opens to competition for Day 1 of the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
Tim Johnston has the first limit that we've heard of so far. He says they're not much but he's proud of them.
Russell Phillips has two in the boat and maybe a third. The maybe is right on the line and he said he'll have to check it again before he heads in.
This is a tough style tournament to cover. The fish aren't exactly easy to find. A game of cat and mouse with the fish causes a game of cat and mouse between the cameraman and the anglers. One or two of the right bites is all that will separate 1st from 25th this week. Getting those bites will be very difficult and most likely spot specific so it's in the angler's best interest to do the most he can to conceal and protect any area he has confidence in. Now some of these guys will tell me exactly where they are.
Any hope as a journalist that this might be a tournament where anglers lined the river bank and were easy to find has gone out the window. After about 30 minutes of running around, we finally stumbled onto our first competitor, John Soukup of Oklahoma. He has two in the boat and is way away from civilization. This river system sets up like most in this part of the country. There's a navigable river channel with a few navigable offshoots and tributaries and then a labyrinth of backwater mine fields.
Competitors representing Japan, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Spain, Portugal and Australia head out on Ouachita River on Day 1.