2012 Elite Series Power-Pole Slam Lake Okeechobee - Okeechobee, FL, Mar 22 - 25, 2012

2012 Power-Pole Slam Live Blog

Leaderboard update: Ish on a tear

12:20 pm EDT, Mar 25, 2012

The weights are starting to move a little, but not near the jumps we expect to see by the end of the day.

Monroe still leads with a hefty 24-12 stringer that puts him well over 100 pounds. Lane has upgraded to 14 pounds on the day, but still sits about 17 pounds back.
Hovering around him in third is Skeet Reese. Reese has about 20 pounds, he's right there but would have to put together an amazing stringer to catch up with Monroe.
Jeff Kriet, Brent Chapman and Tommy Biffle are in the fourth through six area, all with limits in the 16-pound range. 
Scott Rook has put together a good start to big bag and is in that mix as well.
But this remains a two-horse race. Ish Monroe is way out front, but we saw some of that yesterday until Lane started building his big sack late in the day.
Randy Howell was in the War Room earlier saying that the best hour of the day was that 2 p.m., to 3 p.m. hour. That was when all the weight was built yesterday.

Lane's final decision

12:19 pm EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Chris Lane just made what will probably be his last move of the day. He left Observation Shoal to come back to the field of reeds that is just northeast of it, where he sacked them yesterday.


"I'm probably about 7 or 8 pounds behind," said Lane.


The wind is blowing about 15 miles per hour here and there's a line of thunderstorms blowing in with it. According to the radar we just checked, it's headed straight for us.


Computers and cameras don't work so hot in the rain, so James Overstreet and I are out of here.


Lane caught 'em after we left yesterday, maybe he'll do it again today.

Lane on the move again

12:14 pm EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Chris Lane spent an hour in the area where he sacked 'em yesterday, then said, "I've got to get something  started quick. I think this wind has messed up this  area."


Lane took off and we haven't found him yet, after passing Tommy Biffle, Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese -  all strung out along Observation Shoal. 


Bass tournament anglers always talk about the importance of making good decisions. Lane hasn't made many bad ones in 2012. As far as this  tournament is concerned, he's just made a big decision.

Chris Lane video update

12:00 pm EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Chris Lane catches fish No. 3

11:29 am EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Lane changes location

11:18 am EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Chris Lane has made a short move to a thick field of reeds northeast of Observation Shoal. This area isn't protected from the southwest wind, which has picked up considerably. 


Lane appears to be fishing toward a waypoint that he marked yesterday afternoon when he was whacking 'em here. It has been a while since he's had a bite.

KVD pulls a 4-pounder off a bed

11:17 am EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Shortly after boating the smaller male, KVD catches the female off a bed, a quality 4-pound class fish.


Lane could enter the record books

11:17 am EDT, Mar 25, 2012
| By Ken Duke

If Chris Lane can close the gap and pull off the win here at Okeechobee, he'll be the first angler since Kevin VanDam in 2005 to win three B.A.S.S. events in a season and the first ever to win an Open, an Elite and the Classic in a single season. Paul Elias is the only angler who has currently won a Classic, an Elite and an Open in his career.

If Monroe cracks 100-pound mark today...

11:05 am EDT, Mar 25, 2012
| By Ken Duke

If Ish Monroe has cracked the 100-pound mark today, it's the second time in his career. He also did it in 2006 at the very first Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Lake Amistad, Texas -- which he won with 104-8.


Ish's 13-pound, 11-ounce lead here after two days was the biggest in Elite history. If he holds on -- and he's looking strong right now -- he'll avoid the distinction of having the biggest blown lead after two days in Elite history. In 2007 on Clear Lake in California, Greg Gutierrez led by 10-15 but stumbled hard and lost the tournament to Steve Kennedy.


If Ish hangs on and wins at Okeechobee, it'll be the second biggest "rebound" in Elite history. Monroe was 96th last week at the St. Johns River. Just last year, David Walker was 98th at the Arkansas River before winning on Lake Wheeler -- the biggest rebound in history.


Ish Monroe on a tear!

10:52 am EDT, Mar 25, 2012

Ish Monroe has a big sack already, which is actually the earliest in the day a 20-pound plus sack has been caught.

He is, for lack of a better expression, "on a tear."
While we are fairly certain that Lane has no idea Monroe has stepped up the pace, we have to feel like the pressure is growing on Lane.
He knows he has to really catch them. Yesterday he amassed an incredible weight, most of it later in the day. Lane, though, doesn't want to wait that long. He's not boated his limit yet, and none of the fish he has in his live well can be there at the end of the day if he expects to win this.
The late bite, though, will still occur. Randy Howell told us in the War Room that the hour from 2 p.m. To 3 p.m., yesterday was when a lot of the guys did most of their damage.
There are two ways of looking at that. Monroe has done his damage and Chris Lane will catch up. Or when the witching hour strikes later today, Monroe may be in a position to weigh in one of those legendary bags on par with his first-day stringer.
Either way, the rest of the day promises to be a lot of fun.