By securing a limit here on Day 2, Brandon McMillan likely just punched his ticket for the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series. Task number one of the week, check. A short but heartfelt sigh of relief from McMillan and now it's on to task number two, win this Open. Doing so would not only send McMillan to the 2016 Geico Bassmaster Classic but also make it virtually impossible for anyone to beat him in the Southern Opens AOY race.
Starting the day out with Randall Tharp who looks right at home. Learning to fish on Lake Guntersville, Tharp fell in love with flipping weed lines in the fall. That pattern produces giants on Guntersville and translates to Seminole.
Bobby Lane has only 1 keeper on this beautiful fall morning in south Georgia. He began with a topwater frog and then switched to the punch rig as the sun rose over the lake. I can always tell a guy from Florida by how he fishes matted vegetation. Experts like Lane know how to read every subtle difference in an otherwise ordinary bed of thick hydrilla. Pitching into holes in the grass is a given. Yet Lane and his types find irregular features like variations in thickness or contours and growth patterns that reveal hidden secrets on the bottom.
John Searles Sr. shoots videos of the pros as they exit the Earle May Boat Basin through the cut that leads from the basin to the Flint River.
The Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge, Georgia, is a tremendous facility. It has eight boat ramps, a dozen or more docks and ample parking for the largest bass tournaments, such as the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open presented by Allstate.
"Big Fish" flips to the top on Day 1 of Open
Photographing tournament fishermen comes with picturesque sunrises over rough water, blinding rain, and chill-to-the-bone boat runs. And, moments like today.
See what the pros and cos brought in on the first day of the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3 presented by Allstate on Lake Seminole.
Step behind the scenes as the Day 1 weigh-in at the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #3 gets underway.