Here at the very chilly Bassmaster Classic at the beautiful Lake Hartwell in South Carolina we got a hold of Jeff Lugar from McGaheysville, VA right after he weighed in. He qualified from the Virginia Bass Federation for the second year in a row. He made the trip down with his Triton bass boat all rigged up with the latest fishing technology to assist him in catching his limit of hefty bass.
Jeff’s day didn’t go as planned as he would tell us. Only bringing in one fish for two pounds and four ounces. With that weight he will plan out something different for tomorrow. He told us that all his equipment performed flawlessly without any hang-ups as well. Jeff spoke of a well known phrase in fishing as well, “The fish zigged, and I zagged.” In fishing your always chasing the bass and sometimes you just don’t find them in time. If you’ve ever fished a lake with blue back herring in it you will probably agree that you are fishing by the seat of your pants a lot of the time. That is how a lot of these pros said Lake Hartwell fishes. He also mentioned his pattern getting thrown off by the freezing temperatures today.
These anglers are going to have to use every piece of knowledge they have to catch a five bass limit everyday this weekend. Jeff was very optimist on changing up tomorrow and getting something going so he can fish as long as he can in this event. Tournament bass fishing is always a gamble and at the classic it’s amplified to the max here. The bright lights, the commotion, the adrenaline, the sounds of excitement, the emotions of defeat, the feeling of confidence. Those are all here at the Bassmaster Classic. We can only sit back and watch this weekend as the competitors battle it out with the ice and freezing temperatures. They have the chance to change their career and lives with one fish at a time.