Anderson, SC (PRWEB) March 08, 2012
Georgias Johnson leads co-anglers.
Link to photo of pro leader Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead
Assortment was the name of the game as the worlds greatest bass-fishing pros opened the Walmart FLW Tour Major on Lake Hartwell presented by Folgers. Anglers threw a quantity of diverse baits and distinct presentations had been plentiful as the full field of pros from all across the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan began their four-day battle for a top rated cash award of up to $ 125,000.
The strategies might have varied, but the outcomes were comparable less than three pounds separated first location from 10th. In the end, Kettle Brand Chips Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., crossed the stage Thursday with a 5-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 14 ounces to lead day one of the event. Morehead now holds a slim 2-ounce lead more than Matthew Stefan of Park Ridge, Ill., who caught 5 bass weighing 20-12.
I believe these fish are in transition proper now, said Morehead, who has career winnings of more than $ 1.two million. Theyre moving and theyre wanting to go shallow. You always hear the same old story of If we had been right here subsequent week it would be unbelievable.
Morehead mentioned he fished an location that hadnt noticed significantly fishing pressure and is attempting to take benefit of the lakes blueback herring as they migrate back into pockets in the mornings and out again as the sun gets higher. The bass adhere to the bait and suspend to ambush them as they move. Morehead mentioned he threw a number of baits, including the original Alabama Rig, despite the fact that the rig was not his major weapon.
I think tomorrow if we get some wind and clouds and rain it could be a actual entertaining day, Morehead said.
Morehead mentioned the first day of practice the wind blew tough and muddied the water and he had success with a crankbait, even so the exact same circumstances havent been present given that. Morehead mentioned he would welcome the opportunity for a crankbait bite once more.
I could do no wrong nowadays, Morehead stated. Properly, except lose that one five-pounder. Catching 20 pounds is naturally the icing on the cake, but I was really in the groove right now. I was generating the appropriate choices and going with the flow and fishing stuff I hadnt even practiced on.
Stefans day was equally productive, but he went about catching his bass in distinct approaches.
It was a long, slow run, Stefan stated. I believe I had nine or ten bites. The smallest fish I had was possibly 15 inches. It was just 1 of those things exactly where you have to sit on them and grind on them.
Stefan said he was catching fish in various depths of deep from 20 to 50 feet. He added when the sun came out the bite would die and his bite depended on cloud cover. He targeted pre-spawn bass with a mix of strategies, but remained tight-lipped about how he was fishing his 5 or six spots, though he did indicate accomplishment with the jig.
I caught them all day, but I didnt have a limit until noon, Stefan mentioned. I genuinely really feel like Im going with the house-run swing. It wouldnt surprise me if I blanked, and it wouldnt surprise me if I came in with a related weight tomorrow.
Rounding out the top 10 pros after day one on Lake Hartwell are: