Wetherell scores in Dora

Upon arrival in Lake Dora, Alex Wetherell landed a keeper, just as planned. This is his fourth of the day. caught offshore.

His tournament strategy has been to start near the launch site in Lake Harris, and then move to Lake Dora, the most productive of the two lakes for the Connecticut angler.

Yesterday, Wetherell told me that being "efficient" was the key for him.

"I've learned how to understand the grass and distinguish what I'm looking for," he said.

When he catches a keeper, as he just did. Wetherell puts down his bladed jig and picks up a Texas-rigged worm. That is where efficiency comes in.

“It’s really efficiency-based. I want to be able to work a bait through the grass without getting hung up too much to where I’m not efficient in my cast.”

This is only Wetherell's second trip to the Harris Chain, although he's found success fishing offshore grass in Florida in the past. He finished 6th at a 2018 Open held not far away, on the Kissimmee Chain.