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Mark's in third at Guntersville after day one.

TVA expert Mark Rose had one particular area in mind shortly before takeoff this morning. He knew it was loaded with largemouth bass. What he didn’t know was that he’d be the first boat to fish it. Within hours, Rose had already accumulated 20 pounds or so.

“I’m fishing ledges of course,” said the Marion, Ark., pro. “I just happened to luck up and get one of the best ones to myself this morning.”

Rose is throwing typical offshore stuff like a big worm, a 3/4-ounce Strike King jig and a Strike King 6XD crankbait. He estimates he has 15 different spots. Of the 15, three are especially good and the one he fished early this morning stands above the rest.

“The bite was good early, then we hit a dry spell and then it picked up some again at the end. There was no current today. But having current in practice at least helped me identify where they live.”

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