Window of opportunity

Friday's action, even with a different weather day, still set up for a solid morning bite. The window of opportunity for both Day 1 and Day 2 has been the 8:20 to 10:20 a.m. two-hour stretch. On Day 1, the two-hour period yielded 236 fish for the 110 Elite anglers and Day 2 was almost a replication of that.

8:20 to 9:20 a.m.107 fish with the biggest being a 4-0 caught by Hank Cherry at 8:46.
9:20 to 10:20 a.m.   105 fish with the biggest being a 5-5 caught by Randall Tharp at 9:54. (Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the event so far.)

Anglers seem to get to their areas, settle in, and go to work just in time before the sun gets too high over the rocky hills and mountains here in East Tennessee. As soon as the sun gets high in the sky, the bait seems to scatter and disperse and the fishing gets much tougher. We've seen the flurries by anglers this morning and then the lulls that follow. With overcast skies and a slight breeze we will see if there is a more prevalent afternoon bite today. The weather seems to be taking a turn for the worse this afternoon and into the final day of competition. If largemouth play a factor this afternoon, we could see an impact on the final day by those bigger stubborn green fish.