Early limit for Shawn Hendrix. Time to find the kickers and make a move.
Catch up with Day 1 leader, Patrick Walters, midway through Day 2 of the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Eastern Open #2 at Lake Norman.
Cody Pike has four keepers now, as he continues to bide his time productively, waiting for the start of what has been prime time for him this week - 11 a.m.
Photo by Andy Crawford
Tristen Trull got us out of a tight spot today after being cornered by a mad goose.
Update by Carson Orellana
Read “sarcasm” in the photo above. Patrick Walters provided an overly dramatic display of his second bass of the day. That’s not one he hopes to have in his bag at weigh-in time. But catching a tournament-leading 15-pound, 12-ounce bag on Day 1 leaves you in a good mood on Day 2. Gettys Brannon reports that Walters has found a 3-pounder on a spawning bed now, hoping to add a bigger bass to his livewell this morning.
Walters' co-angler today is Shaun Avery of Windham, Maine.
Cody Pike just caught his first keeper - a 15-incher, according to photographer Andy Crawford. Then he added a second one, which barely touched the 14-inch minimum. Pike is still bouncing around to a lot of spots, hoping to pick up another keeper or two until his prime time starts at 11 o'clock.
By the way, there were 919 bass weighed-in on the pro side yesterday. They averaged 1.84 pounds.
Pike now has two in the boat. Photos by Ron Moore
Day 1 leader, Patrick Walters, is still searching for his first keeper.
Cody Pike is being ignored by a female this morning, and he's not happy about it. Accustomed to it, yes. Happy about it, no.
"There's a 4-pounder that's been here for three days and still won't bite," Pike told B.A.S.S. photographer Andy Crawford, adding with a smile, "Typical woman."
Yes, there are a few female bass remaining on spawning beds in Lake Norman, but the big wave appears to be over. And, as Pike has experienced, finding one and catching her are two different things.
That hour - 11 a.m. - has been mentioned by several anglers this week. The bite seems to get better as the sun gets higher.