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