Day two of the Bassmasters Classic brought with it cloud cover, a wind advisory for mid day and a storm line. Most anglers said the weather wasn’t that bad except for when the storm was coming through and…
Day two of the Bassmasters Classic brought with it cloud cover, a wind advisory for mid day and a storm line. Most anglers said the weather wasn’t that bad except for when the storm was coming through and if you were in an oxbow you really weren’t affected by the winds. With weather conditions so different from the bright sunny skies of yesterday the anglers had to adjust, some did for the better while others didn’t do as well.
Boyd Duckett, day one leader, fished the same baits, chigger craw and laser lure, in the same waters that he did yesterday. He said the day started off very slow for him but after the storm blew through he realized that his shallow fish had pulled off. Weighing just 13-12 today Boyd said what hurt him were the spectator boats. He was very quick to say it was not their fault though; spectators were staying well away from his shallow water pattern and held away like he wanted them too. However, later that afternoon he found that his fish had moved to deeper water, which happened to be where the spectator boats were holding. Boyd said that he will still be starting in his primary water but has some back up water that he hasn’t had to touch yet. With the sun coming back out tomorrow he’s not sure how it’s going to play out but he believes that he is going to need 22 pound bag to win it and he is confident that he can do it.
Skeet Reese made a big jump today moving him into second place with a huge bag of bass weighing in at 22 pounds 9 ounces. He said that he made some adjustments in the area he was fishing, basically fishing the same area just new water in that area. Today he was throwing the Redemption spinnerbait early and during the stormy weather then switched to a new soft plastic bait that Berkley is coming out with. I asked Skeet what he thought he needed tomorrow to win, “I’m going to need an 18 pound sack before I am comfortable, and then I will still be looking for a big bite”.
Some very strong fisherman didn’t make the cut! KVD came to the scales with an impressive 19-7 bag of fish but unfortunately because of his low day one total he was a pound short of the cut. On stage he said he had no excuses for day one it just didn’t come together for him, today was a much better day but you can’t win on just one good day.
Rick Clunn also didn’t make the cut. When asked what went wrong he replied, “That’s Fishin’,” Rick did say that he is already looking forward to the new season and will be fishing the southern opens and is very excited about fishing the first event on Toledo Bend. Fishing there is special to him because it is where he fished his first bass tournament back in 1969.
Shaw Grigsby is the cut line at 25th place and 25 pounds 2 ounces. This leaves 13 pounds 5 ounces separating the top 25 contenders going into the final day; less than 8 pounds separates the top 15 places and less than 4 pounds for the Super Six.
The weather changes yet again in Louisiana, this time back to a cold brisk morning forecasted to be below freezing, then warming to 59 degrees with a bright and sunny day. So that would lead everyone to believe that those anglers that found them on day one should be able to put it back together on the final round of this event! We’ll see tomorrow for sure.
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