Still just one keeper for Yund

Yund just made a move around the corner in hopes of getting another bite. He only has one small keeper at 9:30 a.m., and his co-angler has only boated three small fish. He was very confident coming into today, but decision-making seems to be the biggest obstacle on tidal fisheries. Yund has thrown just about everything so far, but a shallow crankbait has helped him greatly this week.

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Yund with a quick keeper

The Day 2 leader George Yund started his day in the Chickahominy River off of the James River. He said he's been parked on one main spot for the last two days of competition and that he planned on staying there unless he really couldn't get anything going.

He started this event with a 10-pound limit and then backed it up with 20 pounds even, which is the biggest bag of the tournament so far. Yund, who is a fireman in New York, called in to work and told them he wasn't going to be at the station today. Instead, he is fishing for a shot at the Bassmaster Classic.

He pulled up on his spot to start the morning and was sharing it with another competitor in the Top 12, but after a conversation and a couple minutes of deliberation the opponent left and went to another area.

Yund has one keeper in the boat so far, but it is a lowly 12 1/2 incher that he hopes to cull later in the day.

He was very optimistic coming into today because he knew he would have 45 minutes of extra tide, which could help him out greatly, but with tidal fishing it can be a toss up even for those who know this fishery and the way it works.

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Dillow is no stranger

First place angler Chris Dillow is no stranger to the winner circle, especially here on the James River. If you read yesterday's story or are familiar with last years Northern Open you would know that Dillow punched his ticket to the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Grand Lake via a victory here in 2015.

On Thursday he brought 18-3 to the scales and bested second place Charlie Hartley by over a pound. He couldn't help but to echo his blessings because of the opportunity he has been given to potentially win in consecutive years on this river system. 

Dillow is a patient angler and knows that timing is crucial on this system so waiting for the feeding time at an area will be key. We've already seen him Power Pole down on his spot for 30 mins without moving his boat and slowly fished the area as throughly as possible. 

He hasn't hooked up since we arrived, but he may have caught one before we showed up. Once we get closer we will chat, but at the moment we are letting him do his thing. 

Punching your ticket to the Classic via an Opens win is hard to do, doing it twice; well that's beyond impressive. We will see if he will do that this week. 
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Carter's quest

One of the first anglers I've seen on Day 1 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open is former Classic competitor Jonathan Carter of Maine. He has one fish in the box so far while his co-angler Robert Brugiere has two small ones in the livewell. 

Carter, who is trying his hand at fishing for a living, decided to stop being a school teacher in hopes of fishing more often and competing in the Opens. He started his year with a 62nd place finish at Oneida Lake in early July. A win in the Opens could get him back in the Classic once again. 

Fishing begins

Day 1 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on the James River is underway. Anglers from across the country are starting their day as first boat left just over an hour ago.

Over 160 pros and cos

Over 160 pros and co-anglers gather at the Varina High School Auditorium in Richmond, Va. At the end of three days there will be a winner on both the pro and co side!