We’ve left Crews and have picked up Ott DeFoe, who confirms what BASSTrakk reads, 29-4. He’s working shallow water much like Crews is. He says he’s got a 3, 5, 5 1/2 7 and 7 1/2. He’s desperate to get rid of the 3-pounder, but he said that he had all of those fish by 9:45 this morning, so he might have a hard time of it. Cliff Crochet is about two miles away and is doing largely the same thing. Both of these guys are excellent shallow-water fishermen.
Down the bank from Monroe and Kriet we find David Walker and Morizo Shimizu in a maze of sunken salt cedars.
We found Ish and Jeff Kriet midlake on the Mexican side. They are almost facing each other. Ish says instead of fours and sixes, he's getting threes.
We left Rick Clunn because he’s not doing a whole lot. You can only watch someone sit and chat with his Marshal and eat a sandwich for so long. He’s pretty much done for the day. Alton Jones is getting closer to him, so Clunn’s trolling around his area. John Crews has got a 3-pounder as his small fish and his biggest is in the 8-pound range.
Sure, Falcon gets hammered mercilessly by guides and tournaments, but it’s still one of the best fisheries there is. As the tournament has progressed, the weights haven’t gotten any smaller.
Crews is flipping a craw around stick and submerged brush. He just made a short move to more of the same kind of cover.
Tietje caught one that allowed him to get over 20. That fish was the third one he's caught off the same tree. All total, a 5 and two 4s have come from the tree.
As soon as that is typed, a 3-pounder hits.
"They are just loaded right here," he said. "Every time I come by here, I get bit by a big one."
We've slipped over to Dennis Tietje. He has a limit at 18 pounds. In a short time we've watched him miss one and lose two. But his spirits are high.
Either one of those lost fish would have put him over 20.