Overcomin adversity

Adam Dysart and Jayme Copenhaver III (9th, 19-2)

Tennessee’s Adam Dysart and Jayme Copenhaver III began the second and final day of the Bassmaster Team Championship in ninth place after catching a limit that weighed 19 pounds, 2 ounces on Wednesday.

It was an impressive start considering the stiff winds that zipped across central Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes yesterday. But wind was the least of their concerns on Day 1 of the tournament.

The duo put their boat in at Little Harris Lake and was going to run to the launch at Ski Beach Park/Venetian Gardens for the Day 1 start. They only made it about 400 yards into the water, however, before the boat motor began sputtering and then shut down.

They used the trolling motor to get back to shore and made a quick call to tournament director Jon Stewart who suggested they trailer the boat and bring it to where a Mercury mechanic could diagnose, and hopefully fix, the problem.

The Mercury mechanic on-site came through in a pinch.

Copenhaver said, “So we lost about two hours’ worth of fishing this morning, but we settled in and got to a place we had all to ourselves. We were late getting there, but we went where we wanted to go. It worked out for us.”

Dysart and Copenhaver, who fish on the Chattanooga Bass Association Team Trail, said the 19-2 limit they bagged on Wednesday was by far the biggest they’ve caught since they began practice on Sunday.

They’re optimistic they can replicate – or exceed – the weight on Thursday.