First stop: Stroud Creek

 

It's Day One, and I'm riding with photographer Darren Jacobson of Peshtigo, Wis. Our boat driver is John Snyder of Marietta, Ga. Snyder is a fishing guide at West Point Lake. If you need a good guide, he's your man. You can reach him at 770-262-2468 or email him at bigjohn@southernfishingadventures.com.

 

We started in Stroud Creek because many of the Elite Series pros fished here two years ago, including Ish Monroe, who finished in the top five.

 

The first pro we come across is Tommy Biffle. He's alternating rods and caught a 3-pound largemouth. He's off to a good start.

 

"I didn't catch squat in practice," Biffle says smiling.