Call Paul Mueller’s game plan on Sunday all about putting points on the board. He initially planned to hit an area found during practice the first thing in the morning. He ditched the plan after judging the wind would make the long run there and back too risky.
“I just don’t think it’s wise to make a long run like that, not knowing if the fish might have moved, and do it on the first day of the tournament,” he said.
Instead, Mueller began the day in a nearer area that he’d not fished during practice. Ironically, he only made the stop to keep a lure in the water while contemplating whether or not to make the long run to his primary area. It turned out to be a good move. On the first cast he caught a four-pounder and then stayed for most of the day. Staying rewarded him with a limit weighing 22 pounds, 4 ounces.
Today, with there winds calmer, Mueller planned to make the run to his best area.
It looks like things are falling into place. BASSTrakk now shows Mueller in second place with 18-12 in the livewell. Most importantly, the game plan has him inside the Classic cut.