A free front-row seat

Between the hotel and the weigh-in site at Lake Dardanelle State Park, there are small parking areas on the edge of Lake Dardanelle. Driving into town Thursday, I noticed pros practicing near the parking spaces. Moving from the hotel to the weigh-in site today, I noticed two pros had gathered an audience in one parking section...even in a pouring rain storm.

Cliff Pirch slowly worked a shallow spot and swapped pleasantries with the happy fans. Every piece of exposed wood got the once over as a steady rain fell. The fans got close and then shared the baits he was fishing amongst themselves.

This type of up-close interaction with the pros as they fish a Bassmaster Elite Series event is defintiely one thing that makes bass fishing unique. The fact that local fishing fans have the ability to watch their favorite pros fish their favorite spots is one factor that makes these events and venues such a good match.

For even better pictures of the Elites fishing close that were taken from the shore, check out Chris Mitchell's Day 3 from the shore photo gallery.