Power is out at the LIVE studio

Update: Power has been restored. 

Currently, there is no power at the Bassmaster LIVE studios. As you can see by this picture of Mike Suchan by Ronnie Moore, it may be a little bit before we get our live show back up and running. Entergy, the power provider for Little Rock, is saying it may be 12:30pm CT before power is restored to the area where our studio is located. 

The 12-inch pattern

The game plan for any tournament is putting bass in the livewell. At Lake Tenkiller that has a rogue meaning. Let’s call it the 12-inch pattern. That is the minimum size to keep spotted bass. There are plenty of them in this lake, actually too many, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The minimum size for largemouth and smallmouth is 16 inches. There are plenty of them, too, it’s just that those size fish are tough to come by.

So it comes down to this. Some anglers are deliberately choosing to fish in areas where spotted bass are likely to be. Among them is Carl Jocumsen. He just put a 1-pound spot into his livewell.

“It might make the difference,” he said.

Indeed it might. Every ounce is going to count this week, even when it takes a 12-inch spotted bass to add weight to the overall score.

Tenkiller still steadily dropping

The lake level at Tenkiller dropped another six inches yesterday, or, to be exact. 0.51 feet - from 633.44 feet above sea level to 632.93. That's the closest to the conservation pool or "normal" level the lake has been since it flooded to 663.67 on June 27.

It will be interesting to see if enough rain falls today in the Illinois River watershed to provide an interruption in that steadily falling water level and how it might change the bite.

Blaylock still looking

Stetson Blaylock is still looking for his first keeper of the day. He started things out in a spot that produced several of his fish from yesterday, but so far today the spot has been quite unproductive.

He’s made one full circle around a small island and is currently working on a second lap—he knows the bass are here.

But, I’d have to think he’ll scrap this plan and move to other locations he has more confidence in.

Just not yet.

We can hear and see bass schooling on top, he often quickly retrieves one presentation, swaps fo a spinning rod and drops down on top of fish he can see on his graph.

There’s no argument that the fish are here. He’s giving it enough time to make sure he doesn’t leave too early. But even if he does move, it’ll be temporary.

Jocumsen likes it tough

“These are exactly the tournaments I like, and I would like to see them all like this.”

That began the reasons why Carl Jocumsen likes the tough bite. In fact, he dislikes it when the bite is on.

“I want them on tough lakes, during tough times of the year, where every cast is a grind.”

Yesterday, Jocumsen got his wish. He moved into fifth place with 13 pounds, 11 ounces.

The reason why Jocumsen likes it so tough is that’s how his career has gone. He came here from Australia in 2011, knowing very little about bass fishing. He qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series, fell out of the tour, joined the FLW Tour, and then fought his way back into the Elites via the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens. Nothing has been easy. When success has come, it’s been through grinding it out.

Jocumsen runs on a constant flow of positive energy. He’s never down. When he does get knocked down he meets adversity with a positive mindset.

Today, the weather is completely different. The cloudy conditions will straighten the curve about who will persevere.

“The fishing is going to get better, which I don’t want, and I hope the fishing is not good, so I can go back and put my head down and grind it out.”

Yep, he said it. And moments ago moved into second place after putting into the livewell a spotted bass weighing just one pound.

“You never know, it matters at the end,” he said.

Tacoronte on the board

Jesse Tacoronte has made it on the board with a solid largemouth.

We were a long way off so it’s only a guess. But it appeared to be in. 2 1/2 pound range. It’s a good start.

This day, like yesterday, even though conditions have changed still has a tough feel to it. So a fish like that could go a long way.

Miyazaki catches a 26-point bass

Before this tournament started, one angler predicted that at least one competitor wouldn't catch a single keeper over the first two days. Practice had been that tough at Tenkiller. After Day 1, only Yusuke Miyazaki and Clark Wendlandt were candidates for that dubious achievement.

And now Miyazaki is on the board, with not one, but two 1-pound spotted bass this morning. The first one was essentially a 26-point fish. To earn the minimum 26 AOY points in an Elite Series tournament with a last/75th place finish, you must at least weigh-in a single keeper. No keepers in two days, no points for the tournament.

But Miyazaki desperately needs to add to that today. He entered this event 51st in the AOY standings. Only the top 50 advance to the AOY Championship at Lake St. Clair.

A completely different day

Today is a completely different day than yesterday or any day in some time.

There’s a south wind blowing and a good ripple on the water. It’s spitting rain on and off. And the temperature is in the 70s. It’s kind of pleasant if not for the drizzle.

It’s certainly a far cry from the dead heat of yesterday morning. That will translate into more catches today for the whole field.

We caught up with Jesse Tacoronte and he’d already caught five this morning. All of them short. But the fishing has obviously been better.

Unfortunately, weather changes do not impact the length limit on this lake. With better conditions, though, surely more of those 16-inch largemouth and smallmouth will show up today.

Maybe, just maybe summer’s grip will slowly loosen.

Different day at Tenkiller

Stetson Blaylock knew conditions were going to be different today, and where he started the day is where he caught several good fish yesterday.

“It wasn’t fast and furious here, it took a while to get them fired up,” he said. “I’m seeing fish on the graph and I can see them feed on the surface—and some big ones too. Just need to get the first one to eat.”

It’s hard to predict how the bite will be today; could be worse could be better. But at just an hour in, it’s starting out slow.

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