Clarks Hill was no walk in the park. The bite was tough, but three anglers rose above the rest of the field. For the winner, it was a hometown boy's dream come true. For the other two, it was a lesson on the realities of professional bass fishing.
By his own admission, Clark Reehm is having a tough year. And so, when he weighed 15 pounds, 9 ounces of bass on the first day of the Marine Formula STA-BIL Southern Challenge on Guntersville Lake he knew something had to change.
Mike Iaconelli, Runnemede, N.J., boated the biggest bass of his professional career — and one of the biggest in BASS tournament history — at 11 a.m. on the first day of the 2009 OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border held on Lake Amistad.
Harold Allen, of Shelbyville, Texas, isn't afraid to take chances; he's a man who's willing to blind cast looking for bedding bass. His reward was the biggest bass of the 2009 Central Open on Toledo Bend.