Chris Lane's key bait today has been a Gambler Ugly Otter creature bait in Bowen's Silver.
He's pumped but says he has a couple of rats to get rid of, including the one that barely measured.
Chris Lane just landed a solid keeper. He played it gingerly to the boat then swung it and let out a scream.
"I just landed a 2 1/2 pounder to finish out my limit," he said, then added that his game plan has gone 100 percent perfect.
He's playing to the 20+ fans standing on the levee and just announced that he will move at some point. He has another spot where he believes he can get a big bite.
"I've got one mission and that's to win the 2012 Bassmaster Classic."
For obvious sponsorship-based reasons, Chris Lane mentions Power-Pole every chance he gets. Today is a perfect example of why they're so valuable to him, though. He sets them down in this ùltra-shallow water and doesn't have to worry about the increasing winds pushing him on top of his fish.
Chris Lane just turned to us and pumped his fist emphatically. A 5-pounder goes a long way toward settling an angler down and earning a half million dollar payday.
Shortly thereafter he boated a small keeper. He had to measure it, but it barely kept -- put it in the little fish side.
Lane is back in the corner of the pocket, the area that the wind pushes everything into, including a thick mat of hyacinths. Reed worked within 25 yards of him and they started to converse.
Lane thanked Reed for leaving him the corner, then offered up that the big fish he just caught was "about five."
For obvious sponsorship-based reasons, Lane mentions his Power-Poles every chance he gets. Today is a perfect example of why they're so valuable to him, though. He sets them down in this ùltra-shallow water and doesn't have to worry about the increasing winds pushing him on top of his fish.
Alton Jones just put his fourth fish of the day in the boat. Jones' Marshal is in the boat with us, and we're estimating Alton's total weight at seven pounds. It's not what he's looking for, but the fish are definitely getting more active here, as he predicted.
You read it here first -- warming water temperature and a slight chop from the wind, and Vinson now has caught his third fish, and it's a lot closer to the size he needs to win this thing.
It'll probably go about 3 pounds, which means Vinson is sitting at about 6 pounds now.
Our boat had scarcely stopped bobbing from Bobby Lane's wake when Vinson stuck it.
When Vinson pulled out off the bank for his cameraman to deliver a tape to a waiting runner, he said there were two big fish on beds.
"But they're not ready," he said. " They may be by the time we leave."
Bobby Lane worked his way out of the pocket on high and stopped suddenly, dropping his Power-Poles. He sat down for a minute to re-rig a bait and then hopped up to focus in on what might have been a bed. He hit that for a few minutes before packing up and trolling out. After getting to deep water, he put the boat on pad and alternated idling and running, getting out of the New Jungle in under 5 minutes, a new record.
I'm surprised fishing has been so dead back in here. The water temperature has been skyrocketing as we sat there watching Lane. When he left, the water was 59 degrees and I'm sure it was even warmer in the shallower sections. He must have seen something he didn't like, because he didn't even return to his primary area.
We are going to move out a little and look for Faircloth and Evers, who are both back in the same longer cut. Combs was back there too, but just trolled his way out. Judging from BASSTrakk and what we've seen on the water, the New Jungle just isn't producing yet. The wind has started to pick up a little as well.
It's closing in on 11 o'clock, when Alton Jones says this place "comes alive," and he just put his third bass in the livewell. But, like the last one, it's not one he expects to bring to the weigh-in. This one was a bit bigger, maybe a pound-and-a-half.
As we trolled out of the pocket to switch boats Chris Lane bowed up on a good fish. Seigo was hesitant to estimate how big it is, but through the big lens he said he saw a "big belly."
We've left Dustin Wilks and come to the back of McDade to find Ott DeFoe looking at a pair of bass on a bed. They're two of three he's been fooling with. He said that he caught his two best fish within 30 seconds as he snatched them off of the same bed. Maybe they'll take to spawning in his livewell now.
He's culled two times and is prowling around the dam, peering into the water and lobbing a 4- or 5-inch swimbait.