Can Walters catch largemouths again?

Twenty-three-year-old Patrick Walters accomplished something no one else could duplicate on Day 1 at Lake Norman. Yes, obviously, he caught a bigger bag of bass than the other 202 pros in the field with a first-place total of 15 pounds, 12 ounces.

But Walters found a largemouth bass bite. Four of his five bass were largemouths, including a 5-7.

"The largemouth have really begun to show up the last two days," said Walters at Thursday's weigh-in. "Getting another big bite again (Friday) will be the difference between another good bag and an 8- or 9-pound limit."

Walters is from Ladson, S.C. He knows how difficult it is to: a) be consistent on this lake, and b) target largemouth bass instead of the much more plentiful spotted bass.

There are still some bass spawning on Lake Norman. James Moynagh of Carver, Minn., caught a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass off a spawning bed Thursday. But most of the bass - both spots and largemouth - are post-spawn now, according to the anglers.

An early morning topwater bite might be the best way to catch a difference-maker today. There's a light chop on the lake in most areas, It was in the mid 60s at takeoff, with a forecast high near 90 degrees today.

Foutz with 5

2017 College Classic Bracket winner Jacob Foutz with a limit at Lake Norman. 

Photo by Ron Moore

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Lester with four

That makes No.4 for Brandon Lester.

Photo by Ron Moore

Keepers running small

There seems to have been a good early morning flurry of activity. Pretty much everyone we’ve seen has two or three bass in their livewells. The problems is size: It seems the keepers are running small. 

Errol Duckett with one

Errol Duckett has one in the boat, looking for four more to add to it.

Photo by Ron Moore

Williams with two

David Williams has two in the box at this time.

Photo by Ron Moore

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