Topics: Opens

My Erie plan, Part 1

Sep 23, 2013

The first thing that any angler fishing Lake Erie has to take into consideration is the weather, in particular I’m talking about the wind. It’s nasty and it’ll wreak havoc on anything you try to do.

Jones solves Arkansas River

Sep 21, 2013

Chris Jones relied on experience on the Arkansas River to overcome morning obstacles on Day Three of Central Open.

Open: Day Three weigh-in

Sep 21, 2013

See how the anglers did their final day on the Arkansas River!

Jones' lucky bracelet

Sep 21, 2013

It was 209 days ago that Chris Jones made a symbolic and personal vow - to wear his 2013 Classic admission armband until he himself qualified for the event.

Jones gets interviewed

Sep 21, 2013

Chris Jones puts a nice one in the livewell

Sep 21, 2013

Day Three on Arkansas River: Terry Butcher

Sep 21, 2013

Terry Butcher fishes the final day of the Bass Pro Shops Central Open #2 on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla.

Butcher culling continues

Sep 21, 2013

We've watched Terry Butcher cull twice more. The trade-ins are the 14-inch minimum keepers in his livewell. He's upgraded three of them so far. I blogged earlier about the first, a 4-pounder.  

Edwin Evers checks in

Sep 21, 2013

James Overstreet's phone just rang and it was Edwin Evers. The Bassmaster Elite Series pro was calling to check in on his brother-in-law Terry Butcher.   James tells me he gave Edwin a ring last night for an intel report on where to find Butcher, also an Elite Series pro, and to get details on his game plan. Obviously, it changed since last night for the better.  

Butcher culling up

Sep 21, 2013

Photo: James Overstreet   Terry Butcher just culled a 14-inch keeper and replaced it with a 4-pounder. Not a bad switch.    His decision to stay put and not make the long  run and lock through into the Kerr pool was a wise move.    He's cut back on the rotation of baits. The clear front-runner is the spinnerbait, which yielded the big fish.