Most of the talk about potential winning patterns on Lake Guntersville has centered on jerkbaits and crankbaits, both lipless and lipped. But there's another lure that could be a big factor this week, an oldie but goodie - the spinnerbait. "The spinnerbait is really a smaller version of an Alabama rig," Ish Monroe said. "When the Alabama rig came out, it kind of killed the spinnerbait. But since BASS and some other organizations have banned the A-rig in certain tournaments, it's made a comeback.
Bassmaster.com's Mike Suchan shooting BassCam with Fred Roumbanis.
Wednesday's practice day will provide some clues about who is likely to win this year's GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville.
David Kilgore is catching 'em on practice day.
Each year around Bassmaster Classic time, we get the question, "Why isn't the Classic live on TV?" over and over again. It is because unlike the Olympics or a baseball game or a football game, all which traditionally air live, the Bassmaster Classic takes place over tens of thousands of acres — not in a contained arena, on a diamond or across a 100-yard patch of grass.
Overstreet and I headed for a classic community hole and there were three boats there --- none of them in the tournament. We headed another mile up lake and found Hank Cherry working a piece of structure that Overstreet said he's seen Brent Chapman fishing before, especially when current is moving later in the year.
Our boat driver Jim Leary took us up Alred's, which he says can be excellent. A number of bags in the high 20s are regularly caught here in local derbies, and he bagged 30 pounds here flipping in August. Terry Scroggins is in here checking out the numerous humps. He has another area where he can get "25 pounds up lake" and is here looking for the big ones.