David Walker has hopscotched his way up the Tennessee River. His third stop came at the confluence of the Holston and French Broad rivers. Neither he nor Randy Howell have had a bite yet. But conditions are good. It's interesting to watch the two anglers work through a range of baits. Walker has five rods on his boat deck. Howell brought 10 rods into Walker's boat. They've both employed spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs in trying to get a clue as to what the bass want this morning.
With David Walker in control first, he has chosen to move up the Tennessee River from our launch site this morning. There are all three black bass species in the river here, including some big smallmouths. Three members of t he University of Tennessee bass fishing club are here this morning - Will Painter, Jackson Minnich and Jay Emmert. They put two largemouth in their livewell before joining us at the launch ramp. And they report that an 8-pound, 1-ounce smallmouth took big bass in a local tournament recently.
David Walker and Randy Howell are awaiting the coin toss to determine whose boat they'll fish from first this morning. They're on a dock across the Tennessee River from Neyland Stadium, where the Vols will host Alabama on Saturday.
The BASS Brawl trophy. Starting live at 10am ET see who goes home with bragging rights and this trophy. Walker vs. Howell.
Randy Howell gets his tackle together as some Tennessee fans visit with him. Howell is sitting at Riverside Park in Knoxville, waiting for David Walker to arrive.
Randy Howell got to the boat ramp first this morning for the BASS Brawl, and he quickly put his hands on the trophy. But it won't be officially awarded until David Walker, representing Tennessee, and Howell, representing Alabama, compete for two hours on the Tennessee River, beginning at 10 am. They'll be in the shadow of Neyland Stadium all morning for this live webcast. With no Elite Series rules in place, Howell is busy acquiring some local knowledge from a few fans who have gathered at the ramp. Stay tuned.
After a nice dinner, Randy Howell and David Walker couldn't say goodnight any other way than this. The B.A.S.S. Brawl begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET. See whether the Tide will roll or the Vols will sink 'em.
He never picked the perfect team and only chose the winner twice all season, but Lainsburg, Mich., angler Calvin Stier took his Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing hobby to the next level by earning a total of 10,121 points over nine Bassmaster Elite Series events in 2014.
You may be wondering what a B.A.S.S. Brawl is. Here's a quick summary of what to expect this week. What is B.A.S.S. Brawl? Randy Howell and David Walker will take to the Tennessee River in the shadow of Neyland Stadium this Thursday. Both anglers will be in the same boat as they try to catch the most, biggest, and first fish of the day. After one hour of fishing, they will swap positions and boats, allowing each guy to have a chance at the front of the boat.
Conny Jenkins, one of the first women to enter into the world of professional bass fishing, died Friday, June 27, at the age of 60. Jenkins, of Knob Noster, Mo., fished competitively with her husband, Wallace, for 23 years. Throughout the early 1990s she was on the leading edge of professional female anglers.