Over the last week, I am one of the many bass anglers who have been watching the various posts and videos on a host of sites about the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
During almost all of the practice period, stories circulated around how the conditions on Lay Lake were much more “winter-like” than almost any other year in decades! Even today, BASS Tournament Director, Tripp Weldon, who hails from that area noted even he doesn’t remember Lay Lake water temps ever being as cold as they were during practice.
So based on his report and the angler’s stories during practice, it was anyone’s guess what the “bite” would be like during the actual tournament (which started yesterday (2/19)).
Now that the first day of the tourney arrived, I spot checked the results as they were posted from the water. It was definitely a shock to hear some of the weights being landed by a number of the pros.
After noon, I was finally able to log-in and watch some of the Classic coverage on the ESPN website including a few of the “BassCam” videos being made during official tournament hours. Beyond the report of the size and quality of fish being caught, I was even more shocked to see a lot of the anglers fishing in shirts without heavy outerwear!
As a result many of the competitors in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic field netted nice limits with Kevin Van Dam leading the way.
Obviously the conditions on Lay Lake in Alabama had definitely improved for many of the 51 angler field from those reported during practice. Well, either that or several of them were “sand-bagging”.
Though it was great to see (and visualize) what appeared to be at least decent conditions on the water, this was definitely a major tease since we had a snowstorm dumping ~ 6″ here today and another storm moving in on Sunday expected to dump another 8+”.
Now the bass fishing conditions here in northern Missouri are definitely still in a real winter pattern let me assure you!
Where’s the justice?
Well at least I’ll be able to watch some of the action on Lay Lake for the next two days and “visualize” the day when I can actually extricate my boat from storage and not just to slide it out onto the ice 😉