Although my current writing priorities don't include much coverage of tour-level professional bass fishing, I'm still a fan of the sport and miss it during the offseason. Adding to that, I have quite a few friends who fish the Bassmaster Elite Series or FLW Tour, and I enjoy tracking their travels and following their seasons.
FLW got things started last week on Lake Guntersville, and the Elites are currently practicing on Tennessee's Cherokee Lake. The competition starts tomorrow. Both tours had unusual season openers simply based on the fact that they did not start in Florida. It's also a bit of a departure from the norm for the Elites to begin before the Bassmaster Classic.
Cherokee in February could have been brutal, weather wise, but it doesn't appear that will be the case. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold, with a fairly strong northwest wind that will make it feel even colder, but highs are supposed to hit the 60s on Saturday and Sunday. It also has been mild enough overall that it shouldn't be a total winter event, pattern wise. Word has it the bite has been tough, but the pros often say that, and someone (sometimes, a bunch of someones) almost invariably figures out something really good.