Brandon Dillard is fishing only his second Bassmaster Open but he is making it count. The local angler's first event was the 2011 Open held on Lewisville Lake. Today, BASSTrakk has him in the lead with 21 pounds, 5 ounces, with the weights substantially dropping from there. That was also a prediction made by many anglers about how someone would crack 20 pounds, with the weights falling from there.
What else is happening is the wind has picked up. Sustained winds are howling at 21 mph with gusts to 30 mph. And as predicted, the wind has substantially reduced the playing field by eliminating any windblown areas that are either muddy or too windy to maintain boat positioning.
"What's going to happen is boats are going to stack up on the few fishable areas that aren't too muddy or windy," said Darold Gleason.
Today is winding up to be all about survival with better news ahead. Tomorrow's forecast calls for southerly winds at 10 mph, with gusts to 20 mph. The hope is that what was inaccessible today will be fishable on Friday, the day it really counts going into Championship Saturday.