Friday, August 10, 2012

Fast-Changing Conditions at Forrest Wood Cup

Shifting conditions and proper adjustments may turn out to be an important story in the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup on Georgia's Lake Lanier. Yesterday ranged from cloudy and calm to bright and sunny to stormy, and today is already shaping up similarly. It was drizzling this morning when the boats were about to blast off, but within a couple of hours the sun began shining brightly. The forecast calls for more thunderstorms this afternoon, partly cloudy skies tomorrow and plentiful sunshine on Sunday.

Lanier is a clear lake, and its fish react quickly to changing conditions. Many pros are already somewhat torn about whether to fish dropshots deep for spots, go shallow for largemouths or do something in between. Most are moving a lot and running multiple patterns, and the top finishers on Day 1 used a broad range of strategies. The changing conditions complicate things even more as fish will continually reposition themselves and adjust their feeding behavior.

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