Card catches an estimated 2 1/2-pounder
Photo by Alex Ebertowski
We came upon Scott Rook just as he was boating a bass. It allows him to cull. He's fishing a riprap bank behind the docks with a slow bottom bait.
Rook is also casting the same bait to the docks, which are floating over deeper water. Jacobson steps onto the docks to get some close shots of Rook for the gallery.
I turn around and see Cliff Pirch fishing farther down along the same stretch of docks. Pirch is a very capable Western angler. He's also a skilled hunter. He killed a monster elk with a bow last year. He holds up four fingers when asked how many he has in his well.
All was quiet on this stretch of the Mississippi, and then Aaron Martens lit into another bass -- a heavy two or light-three pounder it seems. That gives him a limit for the day. We're guessing he has about a good 14 pounds right now, which should be heavy enough to keep him near the top of the leaderboard.
We left Biffle with four bass in his livewell and found Bobby Lane fishing a shoreline near a highway bridge busy with noisy traffic buzzing overhead.
Lane tells us he has four in the box but no big ones. He's moving fast close to the bank and pithing to wood cover.
Lane picks up a rod with a frog on the line and walks the bait with a lively cadence past some flooded bushes. He is a master with a frog. The bass aren't impressed. Lane switches bad to his flippin' stick.