Todd Faircloth has vacated the grassbed where he caught the 3-pounder a while ago and headed back to the section of the lake where he began his day. We've decided not to follow him just yet. We'll him some alone time to fill out his limit.
Besides, we spotted Brandon Card, who's leading the Rookie of the Year race right now, fishing grassbeds nearby. He's along a stretch of shoreline near where Ish Monroe won a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open tournament here last September. Card is flipping into grass mats, perhaps punching the top layer with a heavy weight to reach the largemouth below. This is definitely largemouth territory, not more than 2 feet deep. He has no fish for the day, but his limit of 13-2 from Day One has him in 42nd place going into today.
Card told us he lost a 3 1/2-pounder earlier and hasn't landed a keeper in this spot. He leads Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla., for Rookie of the Year by 25 points with three days of fishing remaining. Prince is two slots ahead of Card in this tournament, in 39th place with 2 ounces more than Card, who's an up-and-comer from Caryville, Tenn.
This really is a game of ounces. It's entirely possible that Prince could outfish Card by as little as 2 pounds today and claim the top rookie honors.
We'll have to leave this spot soon. Keep tuned to BassTrakk to find out how he and Prince are faring.