Tom Monsoor, a veteran FLW Tour pro from La Crosse, believes weather will play a big role in this week's FLW Tour Qualifier on Lake Lanier in Gainesville GA.
"It's cold and it's going to get colder," said Monsoor on Wednesday.
Anglers practicing on Tuesday faced poor conditions as a huge front gained strength before Thursday's first round.
"After highs of 80 degrees last week, temperatures dropped to 60 on Tuesday.
"It was miserable out there yesterday," Monsoor said. "We got cold and rain soaked. It was just miserable."
Not for Jimmy Houston, though. Houston, a close friend of Monsoor, stopped by Monsoor's hotel room to show him a photo of the 8-pound bass he caught during Tuesday's practice.
"Spinnerbait is what he caught it on. That's what he's famous for. About like me and my swimming' jig," Monsoor said.
Monsoor is currently in 123rd place on the tour with 174 points. He finished in 73rd place in the tour opener in January. However, he slumped to a 155th place finish in the second event in February. Monsoor was in 65th place after the opening round, but had a terrible second day ending his week.
Lake Lanier is known for its huge largemouth bass. However, the exploding population of huge spotted bass is another reason for the heavy limits during practice.
FLW tournament Qualifiers are usually held in summer on Lake Lanier, but with the Tour event this week during the pre-spawn stage, fishing could be super, according to anglers and tournament officials alike if the weather cooperates.
The tournament kicks off at Laurel Park in Gainesville on Thursday, but practice has already produced heavy weights.
Considering the time of year and the pre-spawn stage, tourney officials believe one or more 20-pound limits of spotted bass hit the scale this week.
"I've heard 33 pounds or 36 pounds to make it to Saturday," Monsoor said. "It's hard to say. Maybe 30 pounds for sure. But it all depends on the weather. It's been getting up to 60, but I think the high is supposed to be 40 the next couple of days."