In the hunt

All 12 finalists have at least a puncher's chance of winning this tournament. Josh Bertrand, in 12th going into today, is a little more than 11 pounds off the lead. That's about the weight of a Falcon Lake daily lunker and, correspondingly, about the weight an angler can make up in a day's fishing with a five-bass limit. The bottom four anglers on the water today are separated by just six ounces. Combs and Clunn at the top are separated by only a pound. At Falcon, that's nothing, and if Combs can't reverse his downward trend in bass size, he's going to be caught by more than one of his challengers. On the first day, Combs' bass averaged 6-15; on Day 2 they were 5-10; and on Day 3 they were 4-1. If that keeps up, he won't crack 100 pound for the tournament despite being less than 17 pounds away as he launches in the final round.