Ish just finished his limit. He has about 15 pounds and change and the fish are still biting.
As soon as be put his fifth in the well, he pitched back out and broke off on a hook set.
In the last five minutes he's lost one, caught one and broke one off. His spirits are good, though. He will be fishing tomorrow and it's still early.
We're going to see who else is in the neighborhood.
I have a few things rumbling through my brain (those who know me may say too many! You know who you are!)
1. It's very pleasant outside right now here in Zapata, a nice "San Diego-like" 72 degrees. But it's already much warmer, and less windy, than yesterday. Dead calm, in fact. That tells me one thing, and the meteorolgists agree -- the temperature is going to climb quickly here in the desert climate. By the time weigh-in begins at 3:15 p.m., it's supposed to be 94 degrees. That very well could effect the bite on Falcon Lake -- and some anglers are telling me it could be a positive effect on their bites. Offshore bites? A hunch. We'll have to follow along and see.
2. How good is Falcon? Take the case of Matt Reed, who knows the lake as well as anyone, who said this on stage yesterday after weighing in 20 pounds, 5 ounces of fish: "Yeah, but I didn't get any big ones." WOW! How many of you out there would say that when your fish average 4-plus pounds??? There are some monster fish out there.
3. One of my favorite parts of every Elite Series event I've had the pleasure of covering comes just before take-off, when we all are asked to stand, remove our caps and honor the American Flag with the playing of our national anthem. In the breaking light here on Falcon this morning, it gave me goose bumps....once again. Awesome stuff.
Ish just had the hook on a monster. But after having him on for just a second, the fish pulled off. He gave himself about a minute to be disappointed and get his gear back in order. Now he's back at it.
These fish are scattered enough in different ranges of depth, with some on the bottom, others suspended that any cast could produce a giant. With so much to cast too, staying keyed up has to be a challenge.
Jeremy Starks is off to a bumpy start. He and Chad Pipkens started on a spot down on the lower end near the dam this morning. Within the first 20 minutes Starks caught a 6 Pipkens a 7 and then Starks lost a 5 and broke off another big fish.
It's been 30 minutes since Starks' last bite. Pipkens has vacated the area. Grind time now for Starks. He said he only had 4 big bites yesterday. He went 2 for 4 on landing them. Today he's at 1 for 3. Not the start he wanted.
Pulled up on Ish Monroe in a huge bay. Like most, he's pitching to shallow cover.
Currently he has four fish for about 13 pounds.
That's a good start. His first priority this morning is to catch a limit to ensure he will stick around for Day Three.
He will then start his work on building a big sack.
One thing to his advantage is, he has the bay to himself. There is an occasional local who slips in and out, plus an always present Border Patrol unit. But no Elites have come close.
Alton Jones put a 9-pounder in the boat right after this fight.
Photo by Mark Maynard