Multiple boats have trickled back to within sight of the Red River South Marina. Certainly someone could find something special in the last hour or so, but it feels like they are just biding their time.
Moments after spooking a big gator, Glasgow set the hook and landed a small bass. After six hours on the water and no jerking, I was beginning to doubt that bass actually live here. Now I know there's at least one -- but he's been sore-mouthed
We are watching Alan Glasgow, who is exceptionally talkative and confident and pitches and flips with grace. He said he had a great practice and today continues that trend, even though he's fishing his secondary water. He said he knows where he'll start on Friday but it's not here.
Martens says he's fishing water today that he hasn't hit since one of his first trips here, old-school stuff. His baits will be pretty conventional, too. No horsey heads or hair jigs he claims. Somehow that seems questionable. He's a perfectionist of the first order, so even if the baits are fairly conventional you can bet he'll implement a few tweaks.
We're following Aaron Martens into a backwater and knocking the fire out of some monster stumps. In fact, as I type this the boat is tipped on its side on top of one. Chris says Aaron is "blazing his own trail, which is true in more ways than one. Unfortunately he can't show him a more direct route -- that would be a violation of BASS rules -- so we'll follow and continue to roll with the punches.
After a brief interlude on a sand bar that required my boat driver to get out and push, we are back in business. We just ran into Bobby Lane who said he's caught "about 20." Somehow I think he wasn't being entirely truthful. Nevertheless it's a better line than those from the sandbaggers who say they didn't get the first bite in practice.
Randy Howell is fishing in water that appears to have a perfect stain but he said he won't be here during the tournament. This small area is getting pounded and he speculated that the pressure has killed what used to be a hard-to-access honey hole. Howell practiced for a day and a half out of his aluminum boat and a day and a half out of his glass boat. He said it'll be fiberglass all the way come tournament time: "That aluminum boat will mess up your head."
As we idled in to our next backwater, Mike Iaconelli came blasting out with a head of steam. He slowed to a quick idle as he approached us, shot us a grin that could light up all of Shreveport, then took off again after he passed us. He was 2nd here in 2009 and has a bunch of runner up finishes in the past year -- he may be due.
David Walker is having a tough morning. He's in the process of putting a new transducer on his trolling motor to replace one he knocked off. It's his second mechanical interlude of the day. H bent a prop on his first run of the morning and had to pull over to the bank to swap it out.