Topics: Opens

Cloud has four

Jan 25, 2014

Three in the boat

Jan 25, 2014

Good karma is when you peel off two layers of clothes.   It's warming up, and so is the fishing for Jeff Cloud.   He's just landed a third keeper.

Two for Cloud

Jan 25, 2014

"That's what I'm talking about."   Words spoken by Jeff Cloud as the sun finally appeared just moments ago.   And moments later he boated a second keeper.   We'll take both. Sun and bass. The more of the latter he catches the sooner we can head to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, with a short stop on the way for a Cuban sandwich.

One for Cloud

Jan 25, 2014

We've moved with Cloud and he's boated his first keeper.   It's another weedy flat across the lake with 5 feet of water. He's moved inside a grassline.   It looks like he's fishing with a Yo-Zuri Rattl'n Vibe.   Weather change. Clouds are breaking and there's now a light breeze.

Ducks and bass

Jan 25, 2014

We have arrived at Jeff Cloud's spot. No fish yet, but the duck hunters around him are going at it with success.   The rain has moved out, leaving overcast skies and a calm wind.   We're watching him cast a lipless crankbait across a weedy flat. He tells us the fish are "slapping at it." He didn't catch his first keeper yesterday until 11 a.m.   I'm chuckling at Overstreet. He's wanting to be in the duck blind with the guys near us. Call it the Arkansas duck itch, I guess.

Day Three launch on Toho

Jan 25, 2014

The Opens pros launch their boats for the chilly final day of the Southern Open on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga.

Another boat launches

Jan 25, 2014

Leader Jeff Cloud heads out

Jan 25, 2014

TowBoatU.S.

Jan 25, 2014

Day 3 launch

Jan 25, 2014

Light rain and 45 degrees. That's sleeping-in weather on a Saturday morning unless you are fishing for a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.   I'll be riding along with photographer James Overstreet. Our first stop is leader Jeff Cloud. He's from Lubbock, Texas. We'll find out how this angler from the panhandle of the Lone Star State handles the bass in a very different setting than what he's used to fishing at home.  

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