Alton Jones had a 2 1/2 pounder, but close examination of the bass revealed it had been hooked on the outside of the jaw, and therefore, according to the rules, had to be released.
Jones said this morning at takeoff that he's going to fish as if he were trailing by a pound.
Sight fishing is one of Jones' strengths, and his fellow competitors know it. They're not betting that he will drop the ball tomorrow.
That fish allowed Jones to cull a 1 3/4-pounder, and should put him somewhere north of 17 pounds.
"There's six fish on this bed," Alton Jones said, "but only one is a good one, about three-and-a-half pounds."
It took 20 minutes, but Alton Jones landed the big fish he's been set up on.
We are seeing more bass on beds than we did earlier this morning.