Harvey Horne is by far the closest angler in this week’s field. He lives just down the road from Table Rock in Belle Vista, Arkansas. When I asked him how many hours he’s spent on this fishery he said “I’d probably say at least a couple thousand and that’s just in the last 10 years.”
Horne landed a keeper before I arrived. It was about a pound and half. Keepers have to be 15 inches to weigh-in this week. That goes for all three species of bass.
Horne’s co-angler Austin Bonjour is leading the Eastern Opens points race. He has a lot on the line as well. If he stays on top of the points race he will win $10,000. Not to mention, the co-angler that wins this event will take home a new boat and have their entries paid for the 2019 Opens on the pro or co-angler side. Whichever they choose to fish.