Trying a new jig

Thank you to Earl Collins for letting the boys use his new jig design. The bass are choking it.

Shallow, deep or maybe both

Kentucky Lake is one of the best offshore lakes in the country and is a staple on the Tennessee River. With so many offshore options to choose from many people think that is how the High School Championship will be won, but if past years results tell us anything it's that 3 days of shallow fishing have prospered more than the deep bite.

Today's weather isn't as conducive for a deep bite as many would like but it could play to the advantage of teams fishing shallow. Every team I've talked to fishing shallow have had a couple in the box meanwhile it has been hit or miss offshore from the reports I'm getting.

Mixing in both could be key for teams this week.

The Louisiana team of Jacob Tarpley and Keigan Maturin have two in the box including a smallmouth so far. They are the most recent shallow team I've seen. They said the last few days of practice have yielded some good shallow fish. 

Day 1 catch

Zach Naquin from Assumption High School.

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Cajuns with a limit

Michael Bonadona and Trent Tullier are one of the many Louisiana teams represented at the National Championship this week. These two anglers have a limit in the boat and are looking to cull. The wind has stayed constant, but they are shielded from the wind just enough to fish effectively and efficiently on their area.

Michael's father, Brent Bonadona, is an Opens pro fishing the Southern Opens this year. As a south Louisiana shallow water specialist the Harris Chain, Lake Chickamauga and Smith Lake setup better for numerous cajuns strengths this year and a lot more fished the Southern Opens.

So far Bonadona and Tullier are doing well during the early portion of the day. They are due back at 2:15 with the fourth flight of boats. 

Day 1 weather impact

The practice period on Kentucky Lake over the last few days has had beautiful weather for the 230 boats, but with the tropical storm hitting the Gulf and areas just a couple hundred miles south of here it has impacted today's conditions.

The threat of rain and thunderstorms had teams antsy this morning, but the wind seems to be the story so far. A sustained 15-plus mph wind has made Kentucky Lake a tad rough and waves have been white capping since I made it out on the water at 6:45.

This could change up the whole game on Day 1 as some shallow anglers could find more success compared to the teams fishing offshore in the line of the wind and waves.

There is still a good amount of rain in the forecast as some projections believe roughly 2 inches of rain should fall on this area of Tennessee. Some substantial rainfall should start before noon today.

Upgrading a limit

Bailey and Dalton with Lenoir City High School upgrade their limit
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