Christie is getting the right bites, but not a lot of them.
Reading BASSTrakk can be a tricky game. First, you have to remember that these weights are being estimated and typed in by Marshalls, which is to say that they are prone to error. Our current leader, Iaconelli, has been big-eying fish long before BASSTrakk was around, so his weights are usually a little high. Then there are guys, Skeet Reese being one, that consistently underestimate their weight.
Fishing in cold water requires a slow presentation, but what most of us consider slow may not be slow enough. Defending Classic champ Chris Lane is demonstrating what slow really means. Fishing along a steep bank in Drowning Creek, Lane is making long casts with a jerkbait and then ripping the rod tip down four times to suspend the bait at the desired depth. And then he waits 10 seconds or more before turning the reel handle an inch. After a jerk and reel, he waits several seconds before moving the bait toward the boat. It's taking him up to a minute to make one cast and retrieve.
Add Carhartt College Bass champ Matt Lee to the mix in Drowning Creek. We've also seen Jason Quinn. Now we're watching "Big Show" Terry Scroggins as he fishes a bank near Chris Lane.
2013 Bassmaster Classic anglers launched in chilly conditions on Day One of competition on Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.
Bass fishing fans come in all shapes and sizes.
Mike McClelland’s younger brother, Shannon, and his dog Beretta (a fitting name for a black lab) just joined us on Mike. I asked if he might have any insight into what Mike might be thinking, and he offered (in typical brotherly fashion), “Well, he’s sucking right now, I’ll tell you that! But, I’ll tell you what, he’s got a lot of confidence in this spot he’s fishing right now. He’s won several tournaments here, and it’s a good stickbait spot.” We’ll see just how good.
We've moved a little farther down the lake to Drowning Creek, and there's quite a bit if activity in here. We watched Cliff Pace fishing a point near the mouth, but only saw him catch a drum. Chris Lane is making his bid to repeat as Classic champ in this creek, as well. He's cranking a steep bank that drops off from a big ridge. We've seen several other boats coming and going in here, and based on our boat driver's claim that this is a popular and productive area, we're going to camp out here for a minute.
Jason Quinn is fishing just around the corner from the bluff bank that Jason Christie left a few minutes ago. He appears to be throwing a jerkbait and a crankbait in a small pocket with a pair if boat docks. Quinn has his tunes going. I can't tell you what he's jamming, but he's definitely playing some music on his boat.