A quick glance at the presumed leaderboard has three teams seemingly above all others and perhaps with the best chance to win the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School Central Open presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Scott Springer and Trust Say of Illinois appear to have the current lead with a five-bass limit in the livewell that weighs 15 pounds, 15 ounces. It’s important to stress that the lead is “current” because the board is almost constantly in flux.
They are trailed closely by another pair of Illinois anglers (Tyler Lubbatt and Tyler Christy) with five bass believed to weigh 14-10. Beau Browning, whose dad Stephen is a mainstay on the Elite Series, is teamed with fellow Arkansan Cole Lamb and currently in third with 14-8.
That trio of teams has what at appears to be at least a 5-pound lead on the other 200-plus tandems in this tournament. But there’s plenty of time (two full hours) for that to change. The weather has warmed considerably with temperatures in the mid 60s and the wind blowing from the north at about 9 MPH. That’s enough breeze to kick up small waves on Toledo Bend and there’s an audible sound from around the reservoir with water hitting the shoreline.
Can’t make it to northwest Louisiana to catch the 3 p.m. weigh-in? You can watch all the action right here on the live stream on Bassmaster.com, which will be followed by pictures of the top teams and a story on the eventual champion and what they did to win the tournament.