Joey Nania is a seasoned Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Pro and is one of the favorites here on Logan Martin this week. As expected, he was in contention after Thursday’s weigh-in. He ended Day 1 in 7th with 12-14.
Today, on the other hand, has been much tougher. He was singing the blues when I found him at 1 p.m. after a tough morning. He said he had a 3 1/2 pounder and four tiny spotted bass keepers. He wasn’t desperate, but it was getting close. In a matter of 15 minutes he culled four or five times and like magic he got rid of every squeaker he had.
Pairing a couple spotted bass and that kicker largemouth should have him not only in the Top 12, but in striking range heading into tomorrow’s final day.
If he stays in striking range it could be scary because he fishes Logan Martin a lot and has plenty of spots. He said he even had areas down the lake with 100 fish or so sitting there when he graphed over them. With tight weights it’ll be interesting on Championship Saturday.