Day 1 conditions of competition on Thursday were somewhat different from what anglers experienced today when they left the dock to traverse Cherokee Lake. Thursday featured a consistent wind that blew from takeoff to check-in and it also presented cloudy conditions. Day 1's temperatures ranged from 35 degrees at takeoff with intermittent snow to high 20s with the added windchill factor. It slowly got colder from start to finish.
Meanwhile on Day 2 the conditions anglers faced were altered. It was still miserably cold, colder than Day 1 at takeoff, but there was no wind and the morning brought clear skies. The cloudless sky will allow the sun to heat up the water, cover and anglers today, but the bluebird skies present post-frontal conditions, which are seemingly feared by most of the field. Post-frontal fishing can be the toughest days; meanwhile people on land would claim it would be a beautiful day for fishing.
With the weather changes, fish catching could be altered as well and we may see a decline in numbers at least in the ultra cold morning to mid-morning time frame.
Day 1 featured fish catching trends as follows:
|7:15 to 8:15 a.m.||50 fish with the biggest being a 3-8 caught at 8:07 by Jesse Wiggins|
|8:15 to 9:15 a.m.||123 fish with the biggest being a 4-4 caught at 8:35 by Marty Robinson (4 fish were caught at least 3-8 during that hour)|
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
|113 fish with the biggest being a 5-0 caught at 10:03 by Mark Daniels Jr. (Phoenix Boats Big Bass on Day 1)|
|10:15 to 11:15 a.m.||68 fish with the biggest being a 4-8 caught at 11:01 by Kelley Jaye (2 other 4+ pounders were caught as well. Lowen/Crochet)|
|11:15 to 12:15 p.m.||84 fish with the biggest being a 4-0 caught at 11:26, 11:38, 12:15 by Jordan Lee, Jacob Wheeler and David Fritts respectively.|
|12:15 to 1:15 p.m.||77 fish with the biggest being a 3-12 caught at 12:27 by Dustin Connell (multiple 3-8's also caught)|
|1:15 to 2:15 p.m.||60 fish with the biggest being a 3-12 caught at 1:55 by Brian Snowden|
|2:15 to 3:15 p.m.||41 fish with the biggest being a 3-6 caught at 3:12 by Skylar Hamilton (a part of a four-fish flurry for Hamilton in 15 minutes)|
|3:15 to 4:15 p.m.||20 fish with the biggest being a 4-8 caught at 3:18 by Russ Lane (Boats began checking in at 3:20 so full field wasn't competing for the last hour.)|
Day 2 has had its flurries thus far, but after today we will see how the numbers match up as well as the possible size difference.