Anticipation drives the sport

Anglers Billy Matthews, myself, Shaw Grigsby, and Paul Elias eagerly wait to receive our boat draw numbers.

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Registration underway

Anglers begin to funnel in for the registration and briefing meeting at Southern Open #2 on Lake Chickamauga. In just a few minutes every seat will be filled as the full field is pushing the 200-boat maximum.

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Hotel view

A few of us are lined up at one of the hotels in town. The Sleep Inn is very accommodating with plenty of outlets and parking. Carrabelle's restaurant out front makes it convenient to get good food. 

Update by Christie Bradley

First keeper and another clue

Conditions completely changed from Monday's sunny day practice. Steady rain and overcast conditions made fishing tougher. It took me a few hours to figure out the bigger bass again. Now I've caught my first 15-inch largemouth of the day and have the clue I needed to start my day finding more.