BASSTrakk has Keith Combs leading and with a four-day catch of well over 100 pounds. If he closes this one out, it'll be his first Elite win and first entry into the Century Club. Combs would also become the first wire-to-wire Elite winner since Brandon Palaniuk won last year at Bull Shoals. Thirty-eight catches are already in the Century Club books. Combs will add the 39th, and things aren't over. Several other anglers could surpass 100 pounds before the day is out, but it won't be like 2008 when all 12 Falcon finalists cracked triple digits.
Just after high noon, Clunn boated fish number three on a square bill. It's a 2-1/2 pounder.
Gary Klein has moved to the Rio Grande River and is fishing wind swept points now. He is still targeting wood. Local anglers we've talked to are not getting bites today so one group is actually following Klein. Time is getting to be a factor now, so he is making this move with his big engine, as opposed to using his trolling motor. The water on the Rio Grande has gotten very dirty. Klein continues to use his Pit Boss creature bait.
As we’ve been following Cliff Prince and now Jason Williamson, BASSTrakk says that Combs has filled out his limit. Williamson has four small keepers and just lost a 7-pounder. We saw Combs heading back toward the dam, likely not wanting to miss a minute of the water that will soon be flowing out of it. We’ll be back on him shortly. Oh, and a correction is in order: In a previous entry, I named our boat driver as Kevin Hawkes, as I was thinking of Elite Series pro Kevin Hawk. Our knowledgeable guide is Jerod Hawkes.
Gary Klein just missed his second fish of the day, flipping timber with a creature bait. Now he's retooling with a different bait. The wind is increasing now, turning the water a more milky shade.
Gary is being very patient, as he normally is-- paying close attention to every detail and picking apart each and every target he selects. He is accompanied by ESPN cameraman James Massey who is catching all the action.
Just casually observing the action of the morning, it appears the boys down the lake are having better mornings than those up the lake where Clunn, Klein, Crews etc., are fishing.
That's probably a product of the cold front that pushed through. It more than likely hit these shallower fish harder than the deep-water fish at the dam.
The action, though, could pick up in this upper end as the day wears on. And of course these guys are good enough to find them if they moved because of the front. They just don't look ready to concede that they've moved anytime soon.
After a long lull in action Rick Clunn hooks up with his second fish of the day. This fish came on a jig but it's not close to the size of fish he was looking for. He actually had to break out his measuring board for this one that looked to be about a 2-pounds.
Prince in a flurry throws all his rods into my boat (an earlier post reported that his compressor failed), grabbed his lifejacket and all other essentials and then transferred the precious cargo, his fish. Those four keepers included an 8-pounder that he caught on his third cast.
Jon Stewart ran through the safety procedures checking for insurance, killswitch, running lights, livewells and the rest.
Prince sped off only to return within minutes to grab his soft plastics that he realized he forgot as he went to make a pitch.
He sped off again leaving Jon and I to use the trolling motor to get back to the dock. We'll have basscams up soon. Stay tuned.
There's a mount on the wall at Falcon Lake Tackle of the lake record 15.63-pounder, caught by Tommy Law on Jan. 7, 2011. Law has been observing today's Elite Series finale. Here's what a Falcon beast looks like.
Cliff Prince is now driving a different boat due to a failed compressor, but in the livewell is an 8 with three 2s. He’s headed uplake a bit.