'It happens in 20 minutes'

“It happens in 20 minutes” is what Elite Series pro Drew Benton muttered after I asked if he had a couple energy drinks this morning. He was flying down the shoreline burning up his topwater lure in search of some Logan Martin keepers.

He didn’t have any in the boat, but said he had two fish miss his bait this morning. He caught one while in front of me, but it didn’t meet the 12-inch minimum length requirement.

The early topwater bits in the heat of the summer is crucial because after the clouds burn off it can get tough. We will see a good mix of guys fishing shallow all day and toughing it out along with guys concentrating deep primarily. A good contingent will run up the river towards the dam, which could be prosperous but after numerous days of pressure could make it tough as we get closer to the final day.