Palmer with a good start

Oklahoma native Luke Palmer caught a pretty good fish early in the day. From our vantage point, it looked like it could weigh close to 4 pounds—the kind of fish that will go a long way at this event.

Palmer started his day inside a creek and sorted through numerous small fish before the big one ate. He said that it was critical to capitalize on early morning bites here as the larger fish seem to be more accessible.

With the size restrictions on largemouth and smallmouth—fish below 16 inches must be immediately released—the anglers able to find quality bites early on will have a leg up on those who don’t.

That is the biggest challenge for the field this week, letting solid fish go that are inside the slot.

But for now, Palmer has a good start.