We’ve picked up Kelley Jaye along the dam, and he confirmed what BASSTrakk reads, roughly 28 pounds. He says to be confident to make it to tomorrow that he’d like to have 35 pounds, which is doable with another big bite. He’s got a 2-11 in the box that needs to go. In an unusual twist, he’s throwing a jerkbait when everyone else is cranking and dragging Carolina rigs. He’s using a hand-painted Smithwick Rogue. He’ll be close to the bubble for sure, according to BASSTrakk.
Back to the dam. All we found was Boyd Duckett. Looks like all the action is back north. We are calling it a day. If big bass are being caught, it sure isn't happening when we are watching.
Barnum and Bailey catch of the year: Slo-mo camera guy Wes Miller is trading places with Zona. TV cameraman Rick Mason is also in the boat with Combs.
At one point, all four are in the boat. Combs then hooks up with a big bass -- not well hooked on the big worm. He's walking it around the boat, directing traffic and trying desperately to land it. Somehow he gets it done, a 7.5 pounder with coverage by two cameras in the boat plus Zona shooting Basscam and Darren Jacobsen in the boat with me shooting stills. We will get that to you soon so watch this space. Combs with two keepers now approx. 12-8 at 9:15 am.
We've move to Josh Bertrand now a few miles away. He has two in the boat for about 8 pounds. Zona hops in. Josh says he thinks its a little bit more of a grind today and he's going to stick it out here. Picks up his Carolina rigged Senko and a couple casts later has a four pounder in the boat. This is a notoriously good stretch on the Mexico side, according to Zona---and Josh is happy here. On to Evers who is not far from Bertrand--a mile or so. He is on the C-rig, too, with 5 small ones in the boat. Ten minutes after Zona jumps in the hooks an exceptionally mean 5 pounder. In the boat after much jumping.
We found Keith Combs in El Tigre fishing alone. Except for the gulls. Our driver says Combs is on a rock pile that won a local tournament for him (the driver) last year.