David Kilgore now has four keepers in the box. The latest addition is a largemouth weighing about 4 1/2 pounds. He caught it from the corner of a boat dock on the chatterbait. The strategy has changed a bit. He's now on a milk run of floating boat docks. Since leaving Rabbit Branch he's stopped at Clear Creek Harbor for a few hits on the boat docks.
Flash floods have been reported in Pell City after about 3 inches of rain fell in the early morning hours. Water is rising and conditions are changing by the minute.
In a heavy rain that's causing some flooding in the launch area, the Top 12 anglers prepare for their day on the water.
Seems like I've been here before, this Rabbit Branch place. It's highly likely that some of these very docks being picked apart today by David Kilgore are the same ones that I watched Denny Brauer pitch his jig at during a Bassmaster Classic. That was back in 1993 when I was a press observer riding along with Brauer. It was quite a day. I don't think Brauer missed pitching a jig to any of these docks. He hit 'em all, best I can remember.
David Kilgore has decided to switch baits. He's now throwing a white swim jig. Same presentation to the docks. He also plans to backtrack and hit all of the wood he targeted with the chatterbait. "The bait will stay in their face longer," is what he told us of the switch from the faster-moving chatterbait. We also inquired about weather impacts. He's not at all worried. Yesterday it was partly cloudy. Today it's obviously cloudy with the rain. So cloud cover is good.
The radar shows rain hovering over the Logan Martin Lake area.
Yesterday David Kilgore told me that by 8 or 8:30 this morning he wanted to be in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. You can read more about it in my article here.
After coming to B.A.S.S. tournaments now for 35 years there's one item of clothing I've learned (the hard way) that you must always bring. That would be a rain suit. This event is a case in point. What was a 10 percent chance of rain midweek went up to 60 percent last night. Today the forecasters gave it up and made it 100 percent. All day.
It's raining heavily as the anglers launch on Day Three of Bass Pro Shops Southern Open.