Murky start for young anglers

The young anglers competing in the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School Central Open presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods were delayed only 17 minutes this morning by a mixture of fog and low-level clouds that kept things quite murky around Toledo Bend Reservoir in northwestern Louisiana.

The soupy stuff finally lifted, though, and more than 200 boats (each carrying a pair of anglers and an observer) headed onto this famed fishery. The teams will give it all they have for one solid day and the duo with the heaviest bag later today will take home the title.

Agreeable weather is worth noting after the final day of the Carhartt College Central Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops was canceled here yesterday. The fog was so dense at spots on Toledo Bend on Saturday that visibility was at less than 100 feet in some places.

Not today. The high school anglers are expected to fish underneath partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 50s this morning. The sun is expected to punch through the clouds about noon and warm things up a few degrees more, but everything is on target for a pleasant weigh-in at 3 p.m. CST. There is zero precipitation forecast.

That’s good news for not only the high school anglers and their coaches, but the many families (siblings, parents, grandparents, friends) who traveled to Toledo Bend this weekend to watch their favorite fishers in action.

You can watch it unfold too, right here on Bassmaster.com.  Live streaming video of the weigh-in at Cypress Bend Park will start at 3 p.m. CST. Pictures of the top teams and a story capturing the winning team’s day will follow soon after weigh-in has concluded.