Right after Lowen left, Chris Lane idled over to the bank he'd been on when we entered. It was a fast idle with the trolling motor down. He's "fishing slow, quickly." As soon as he arrived on the bank, he dropped the Power-Poles and commenced pitching.
After a few minutes he pulled up stakes, paralleled the bank for 30 yards and dropped them again.
Our boat driver called to report that the problem was that a stump pulled out the drain plug. He's put it back in and is headed back to get us.
Anglers make their way down river to lock into Pool 4. (Mike Suchan photo)
We hitched another ride this morning with helicopter pilot Paul Barth, who along with cameraman Steve Cassidy provide aerial footage for Bassmaster TV.
They circled and buzzed the takeoff, following the leaders down before watching KVD again circle and fish close to the launch. Then is was downriver to catch the anglers running to the lock. We flew back up and circled anglers who were actually fishing before they had to head back and get the HD tape to the JM production team to begin their editing process.
Again, it was chilly, again it was exhilarating, and again we appreciate Camera Copters for allowing us to fly in their little bird and bring you aerial photos of the anglers and the playing field.
Watch for a feature on Barth and Cassidy leading up to next weekend's Classic shows. If you want more info on them, go to Cameracopters.com.
View the birds-eye gallery here.
Greg Vinson just pulled a buck bass off a bed for today's second fish.
"It's not much, but it's one more than I had," Vinson said. "It's slow in here. Fish are wanting to spawn but they're really not locked down that well."
The water temperature was 55 degrees when we arrived this morning, but it has climbed to about 57. The more it rises, the better the fishing. Yesterday, Vinson said 59 degrees was the magic number.
Bait update -- we're close enough now to see that Vinson is sight fishing with a lizard and some type of creature bait.
One more thing: the wind is finally picking up down here, and we expect that to turn on the bite too. Just that slight chop on the water can make a world of difference. It might make it a little harder to see bedding fish, but it also can make the bass slightly less bashful.
Reed is approaching Chris Lane, who put his Power-Poles down close to where he had the two bites. Lowen was headed that way too, but he turned the boat around, got behind the console and started idling out.
He waved at several spectator boats to move over so he could run, put the boat up on plane and flew out of the pond.
The turtle has fled.
Lowen just caught one on the bank that Chris Lane was on when we entered. Lane is where Lowen was -- they've swapped spaces. Not sure what happened to Lowen's plan to leave.
Water temp is up to 58.2. That's nearly half a degree in just a short period of time. We could see 60 around noon.
Alton Jones just caught his second bass of the day, but I'm certain he expects to cull it later. He had to put it on a measuring board to make sure it was 12 inches before adding it to the livewell. We're guessing it weighed a pound.
But we're doing a lot of guessing right now as Jones has moved toward the back of this shallow spawning flat, and he wants us to keep our distance in this area where fish could easily spook.
Jones is moving forward about 10 feet with his trolling motor, then putting down both Power Poles until he thoroughly covers the area before moving another 10 feet again.
To say he is fishing slow would be an understatement.
Chris Lane just put a fish in the livewell from the bank that Lowen abandoned minutes earlier. We're keeping a healthy distance away -- Seigo Saito, our fourth boatmate for the time being, saw it through his mega-lens and said it was a little over a pound.
He just swung, missed and went right back to pitching.
Trey Reid informs me that the spot Bobby Lane is fishing right now is the same area Greg Vinson started this morning. There are some scattered stumps and stick ups along with a variety of vegetation and pad stems.
The water temperature at the mouth is 58.5 degrees, so things are warming up. It looks like Lane is flipping at the very back of the cut, where the hyacinth makes a point. He's not focused on anything in particular though as he keeps looking from side to side, scanning the water.
Conditions are almost identical to yesterday, with sunny, warming skies and no wind. No wind might be hurting the spinnerbait bite although the water isn't as clear as where we saw Poche and Hite yesterday. A little stain can be forgiving for these anglers, when they are covering water.
One interesting thing is that on our GPS, this spot shows up as two small ponds, one where Vinson is and one where Lane is.
Reed and Lowen just chatted amicably about their days so far. There was a lot of laughing as their boats sat side by side. Then Reed started up his big motor and idled to the back of the pocket with this Power-Poles half-cocked.
Lowen appears to be throwing a brightly-colored swim jig or chatterbait. He quickly moved across the pocket retrieving it at a steady clip, but when he got to the bank again he started pitching a dark colored creature bait with a heavy weight to the thick hyacinths.
He just asked us to move over because he's planning to run out in a few minutes and we're sitting where he needs to be.