BULL SHOALS, Ark. — Jeff Kriet was trying to get a picture of Bull Shoals Lake out of his mind Friday, on the first day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Ramada Quest. That picture was formed during practice earlier this week, before heavy rains, a cold front and a postponement day completely changed reality Friday. "They really moved up Tuesday afternoon, by the thousands," Kriet said. "There were fish everywhere. The weather backed out so many of those fish.
The wind blew harder, the water level rose and its temperature dropped, but Greg Vinson figured out the changing Bull Shoals Lake fishing conditions to lead the Bassmaster Elite Series Ramada Quest on Day One.
Strong storms heading straight toward Bull Shoals Lake, Ark., early Thursday morning forced B.A.S.S. officials to postpone the start of the Bassmaster Elite Series Ramada Quest.
Third-year Elite pro Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, locked out 11 other finalists Monday in the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam, including his biggest threat after three rounds, four-time Bassmaster Classic champ and Zen master of bass fishing, Rick Clunn.
No one wanted a three-day tournament; postponement hurts Clunn most, but he has no quarrel with it, nor does anyone else.
If Pirch can keep it up and if Combs' quality continues to slip, Pirch could make a run at this one.
The world championship bass fishing tournament recorded the second highest attendance for the three competition days in the event’s 43-year history.
Here we go – my 23rd Bassmaster Classic - and what a special one it’s going to be.
Cold, ice, sleet, rain, thunder and lightning — Tulsa has seen it all in the days leading up to the Friday-through-Sunday world championship of bass fishing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.
While the weather won't be as apocalyptic as many fear it' will challenging. When asked if he was concerned about ice on the launch ramp, frozen boat locker lids and frigid hands, Iaconelli replied, "All of the above.”