Though Aaron Martens fell to second place after Day Two, he's still got plenty of life in this tournament. Four different times in Elite history the Day One leader lost his lead but came back to win.
The last time it happened was in 2010 on Lake Guntersville. Skeet Reese led the first two days but slipped to second behind Davy Hite after Day Three. Reese came on strong in the finals to win the tournament.
Britt Myers moved within sight of Douglas Dam and immediately caught a bass that allowed him to upgrade. He's probably got around 18 pounds now.
There's one thing to keep to an eye on over the next few hours: the dinner bell is supposed to ring at 1 o'clock again today, just like it did yesterday. That's when two generators are scheduled to crank up at Douglas Dam.
Byron Velvick credited the current created after 1 p.m. yesterday for his 6-pound, 10-ounce largemouth - the big bass of the tournament so far. He caught it on a swimbait.
The current created by power generation isn't something you notice on a lake this size. But the fish near the dam feel it, and it places them behind structure they can use as ambush points.
Mike McClelland may or may not have been taking advantage of that current yesterday, but he did lose a monster bass around 2 p.m. McClelland got a good look at it, and estimated its weight as "at least seven or eight pounds, maybe more."
The bottom line: don't be surprised if some of the biggest bass of the day are caught in the final hours of competition.
Only six anglers have limited every day they competed for an entire season — Jeff Kriet in 2007; Todd Faircloth, Tim Horton and Bobby Lane in 2008; Michael Iaconelli and Peter Thliveros in 2010. So far this year, 53 of the 99 Elite anglers have limited each day they competed. That number may seem high, but it's actually pretty average for this point in the season.
As the weather warms and the schedule moves on to places like the Mississippi River (and perhaps the Mystery Lake), that number will fall quickly.
Unlike yesterday, Britt Myers hasn't had to ask his marshal to slap him today. He has "fished clean," making no mistakes. However, Myers hasn't had a chance to make a mistake in awhile. We've followed for about a half-dozen stops now, and Myers hasn't caught a fish.
He's back on the spot where he was hot earlier.
One of the boaters observing Myers just told us that he witnessed Jeremy Starks catch a 4-pounder and a 5-pounder on back-to-back casts about 30 minutes ago.
Ott DeFoe catches a 5.8.
Photo by: Tim Leopard
Jeremy Starks starts the morning off right.
No one has ever won back-to-back Elite Series tournaments. The closest to accomplishing that was Kevin VanDam who was second at Wheeler Lake in 2008 before winning the next tournament on Kentucky Lake. Britt Myers can tie that mark if he can hold on to win at Douglas Lake. Myers finished second last time on Bull Shoals.
We're now updating our Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year stats on a daily basis during Elite Series Tournaments. Previously we were updating the AOY stats at the end of each Elite tournament. Why change the updates to daily? There's so much interest in the AOY race, and the rankings can change quite a bit day-to-day during tournaments. Already in this tournament at Douglas Lake, we've seen Randy Howell move up from #2 to #1. And Brent Chapman has dropped from #1 to #3. Like most sports, fans want daily stats. We're happy to oblige! You can find AOY standings lower left of our homepage, or go straight to the full listing here.
Bill lower with a big Douglas lake bass.
Bobby Lane has now limited on 32 consecutive competition days. No, it's not a record, but it is impressive. There have only been 18 such streaks that were longer, including Lane's own 47 straight in 2008-09, which is second best ever. Kevin VanDam holds the record at 57 straight (2008-09).