If you are paying attention to the War Room from time to time then you may notice we are actually playing the Sunshine Showdown from a few years ago on the Harris Chain.
Chris Lane made a short run from the place where he caught his first two fish this morning, then promptly failed to get a hookset on what appeared to be a pretty good fish. Shortly afterward, Lane added a third bass to his livewell, but it's one he hopes to get rid of later, as it was barely a keeper.
Just as quickly, the action got frantic in Lane's boat. He set the hook on a big bass that he fought to the opposite side of the boat before lipping it. "Boom!," Lane shouted. "Bam!"
He estimated this one weighs 6 1/2 pounds. He should have about 15 1/2 pounds now with four fish, and it's only 9:30 a.m.
To get a real feel for how special Lake Okeechobee is, check out the photo sent in from John Dial, one of the Bassmaster Marshals.
Randy Howell, who had his limit quickly this morning, pulled off a hat trick of sorts in one cast.
He caught three of his keepers in one cast on a topwater lure. That's pretty special.
Chris Lane just put his second fish of the day in his livewell — a 2 1/2-pounder. He's working the edge of a thick stand of pencil reeds. As predicted by some anglers yesterday, Lake Okeechobee's bass are changing position a bit today.
"They're coming out," Lane said. "It's more like it was in practice."
If that's true, look for some big bags at today's weigh-in. After the way bass bit in practice, most anglers thought they could sack 17 or 18 pounds fairly quickly, then go look for some big ones. But the first two days of this tournament proved far more difficult.
Photographer James Overstreet and I have just found Chris Lane, who is fishing north of Monkey Box. He's already got a 5-pounder in the boat and, equally important, hasn't missed any fish so far.
Yesterday he reported that he's been missing about two or three good fish a day, but he's not going to let that get in his head because there's nothing much he can do about it.
"This stuff is so thick and these fish are so mean," Lane said. "It's not like you can hem them in a reed head or something and they just give up. They'll keep fighting until they just rip out the hook."
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The morning has already gotten off to a fast and furious start, just the way you expect it to on Lake Okeechobee.
Randy Howell has the first limit of the day weighing around 14 pounds and change. That puts him near the top of the leaderboard. David Walker has his first fish, a 5-pounder.
There are a few more catches starting to show on BASSTrakk, but the quick start of those two tells us that today could be pretty special.
Day Three is officially underway. Every boat has left the take-off area and filtered out in the great Big O.