About 200 Southern Open pros will compete Oct. 16-18 for the event's title and $45,000 first-place prize. An equal number of co-anglers will be out to win their division's first-place prize, a boat package valued at $32,000.
Known as one of the better bass fisheries in the South, this northeast Alabama reservoir is the beneficiary of stable water levels and lots and lots of grass.
Several Elite pros will be anxiously watching the final Southern Open on Guntersville Lake this week, hoping for a miracle of sorts. They're the bubble guys.
My job was to do TV coverage of the tournament from an expert's point of view, expert analysis is what they call it. They wanted me to analyze patterns and fishing trends so that our viewers had a better understanding of the tournament in real time as it unfolded.
I'm in the middle of a weird experience this week. It's really strange. I'm doing TV commentary for the PAA (Professional Angler's Association) Corporate Cup tournament on Pickwick Lake. My job is to provide expert, real-time commentary on what's going on and help our audience understand the tournament as it's unfolding.
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BASS helped found the partnership and members range from local governments and property-owner associations to federal agencies and reservoir-controlling agencies.
"The coffee scent was critical to my success. The fish didn't hold on to the lure very long. They seemed to like the coffee taste and held it just a moment longer than other plastics. That gave me the time I needed to set the hook."
Several fine anglers found their spots and patterns ruined by wind and the resulting muddy water. In fact, one angler described the water at his spot as looking like a YooHoo chocolate drink.
"I think most of the anglers will fish the grass and do something similar to what I've been doing. Kentucky Lake is big. There's a lot of stuff to fish out there."