Atkins after ’em early

Moments after arriving to the lake, Elite Series newcomer Justin Atkins landed a solid keeper to start the day followed by a four pounder.

The conditions today are significantly different then they were yesterday. There’s a steady northeast wind blowing directly into the Alabama pro’s starting location, forcing him to change up the way he’s fishing.

Yesterday a good number of Atkins’ fish were caught on a hair jig given the lack of wind but today a drop shot appears to be his weapon of choice.

Ultimately, the hair jig is too light of a lure to cast into the strong wind which is why Atkins is utilizing a heavier bait such as a drop shot.

If Atkins can find another group of fish today like he did on Semifinal Saturday, it could go down in a hurry this morning.