BassWestUSA - March/April, 2009, Page 34

iting Blastoff. John Crews Awa n O’Sullivan Photo by Da

early spring on Lake Hart- well, and Mother Nature hasn’t yet made up her mind what kind of mood she is in. Three weeks before the biggest tournament of the year, the South Carolina weather had been unseasonably warm, Hartwell’s bass were responding. The talk from the best anglers in the world was for big bags of both largemouth and spotted bass; then, the weather changed. Approximately a week before the Bassmaster Classic, the weather, as it often does, takes a seem- ingly tragic turn for the worse. The warm weather gave way to cold storms rolling out of the north from Canada and the unseasonably warm conditions turned


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