LEESBURG, Fla. - Day two of the FLW Tour Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the Harris Chain was postponed due to high winds on Friday
With a lake wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m., ET until later Friday night, many pros believed staying off the water was the right call.
“Due to the weather advisory conditions, we made the decision to postpone day two and fish the full field on Saturday,” said FLW Senior Director of Tournament Operations Daniel Fennel.
With day two postponed, the full field will fish on Saturday and the top 30 pros will fish on Sunday, which will be the final day of competition.
La Crosse's Tom Monsoor (pictured) rests in 75th place after Thursday's first day of competition.
Rusty Salewske of Alpine, Calif., leads the tournament with a hefty five-fish limit weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces.Monsoor, 71, and a semi-retired commercial fisherman, reeled in five fish totaling 11-8 on Thursday.
Speaking from his hotel room early Friday evening, Monsoor said it was the first time in his 17-years FLW career that an event was postponed.
"But we're on for tomorrow," he said. "I think we could still have fished, but it would have been miserable. I guess there have been a few deaths on the lake, not in FLW events, but otherwise."
Monsoor, an old Mississippi River rat, said he could have fished by hiding near off-wind shorelines, but admitted that it would have been almost impossible trying to fish in the middle of the Lake Harris chain.
High temperatures on Friday were in the 30-degree range, a stark contrast from the 70s and 80s earlier in the week.
"I was in shorts on Thursday and I was hot," he said. "But I'll have everything on Saturday. You can bet I'll be buckled in with everything even though it's supposed to get into the 50s."
Friday's cold front and windy conditions will definitely slow fishing action on Saturday, according to Monsoor, but he figures he has a plan.
"I'll be ready. I'm going to get out of the wind and go to Lake Dora, where it is protected from the wind," he said. "We all have to slow down everything with the cold temperatures."
Monsoor plans to run one of his patented jigs real slow. His first color preference is a purple and green June bug.