Topics: Opens

Mike Hicks fresh from good night sleep

Jun 15, 2013

Mike Hicks has been staying in nearby Hopewell during the tournament, but last night he went home and stayed in his own bed. He's hoping that home cooking and home state knowledge will pay off, and said that he doesn't care what the weather does. "Weather doesn't matter," he said. "The fish are going to bite when the tide gets right."

Stars line up for Kelly Pratt

Jun 15, 2013

The 2011 winner Kelly Pratt got exactly the weather he wanted, still and clear. He believes the sunshine will position the bass predictably. He may seem unflappable and unemotional, but he said he was very excited when he first looked outside this morning and saw a sky full of stars.

Randy Howell up and at 'em

Jun 15, 2013

Tournament leader Randy Howell said he slept well last night -- no tossing and turning over possible outcomes -- but would have liked a few more Z's. "By the time I got everything ready it was 10:30 [p.m.]," he said. "I was going to get up at 4, but I was awake at 20 until 4." His upcoming drive to Wisconsin may prove grueling, but it'll be a lot easier if the trophy is beside him.

Open: Day Two weigh-in

Jun 14, 2013

Check out what the anglers reeled in from James River!

Howell hops into lead

Jun 14, 2013

The Alabama pro is trailed by a quartet of tidal water experts!

Open: Day Two on the water

Jun 14, 2013

Photographer Seigo Saito sent in his favorites from James River -- and he's off to shoot the big ones at the weigh-in!

Ferguson's 5-plus-pounder

Jun 14, 2013

Opens angler Art Ferguson shows off a hefty James River bass.

Targeting docks on the James

Jun 14, 2013

Photo courtesy of Phil Thalheimer.

Ferguson says they're starting to bite

Jun 14, 2013

Opens angler Art Ferguson says the James River bass are starting to bite.

Howell targets dam

Jun 14, 2013

We found Randy Howell right by the dam where he was fishing yesterday.

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