By Bryan Brasher
BASS PRESS RELEASE
The bass on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees are in transition, and all of the 55 anglers in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro are doing a decent job staying ahead of them.
|Jason says his best fishing is during bright, calm days. This is
the opposite of what most of the field has experience.
With the daytime temperatures expected to rise into the 70s the next two days and the water temperature continuing to rise into the mid-50s, Christie said he may be forced to change areas. But he was clear that he won’t be changing techniques.
“I’m committed to what I’m doing,” said Christie, who wouldn’t expound on the tactics he’s using this early in the tournament. “I’m going to stick with it and either go down in flames or do well. I’ve just got so much confidence in the way I’m fishing. I may only catch three tomorrow, but they might weigh 16 pounds — and the potential for a really big bag is there.”
Vinson, who suffered a concussion after an unexplained fainting spell in a Montgomery, Ala., movie theatre Feb. 20, rebounded nicely with his catch of 18-1.
“I think it might have knocked a little sense into me,” Vinson said, laughing. “The first day of practice this week was really important to me, because it was the first day I had been on the water since the little episode. Just to be able to fish all day fluidly and feel like I was thinking clearly and making good decisions — that was big for me.”
It was during that early practice period when Vinson developed the pattern that vaulted him into second place. He said he fished all day Friday without seeing another angler.
“I didn’t feel like I would catch them in the exact same spots where I caught them in practice,” he said. “But I felt like, if I stuck with that type of pattern, I would eventually be able to get the bites.
“I had to run a lot of stuff today, but I hit two little flurries when they were right.”