After bagging his limit, Tommy Biffle decided he had enough of the Goose Pond area and has motored all the way back to the Clinton Street boat launch. He's fishing just underneath a small bridge outside of the no-wake zone here.
Our guess is that Tommy is looking to move to an area where he can catch some largemouth.
It's about to pour -- par for the course, so far in this tournament. Rain gear prep begins anew.
Cliff Pirch upgrades with a 2 1/2-pounder.
Submitted by Bassmaster Marshal Alex Ebertowski
Card is retrieving his swim jig at a slow to medium pace. He rarely twitches the rod.
He just hooked a small one and lost it at the side of the boat.
TJ tells me that four or five Elite Series pros made the Top 50 cut fishing in this general area. Apparently, Card is the only one of them to make it to the Top 12.
And there's No. 5.
After working hard for the entire morning, Tommy Biffle boated his fifth fish. It looked like it was a 2-pounder, so that give him a limit that we're estimating to be in the 11-pound range.
Tommy obviously will want to cull, looking for a couple kickers that will give him a good chance at winning this tournament. He indicated to us this morning that he plans to work this area near Goose Pond all day, so on him we shall stay.
It's really windy out. Not sure if that has had any effect on Biffle's bite, but it sure has us rocking and rolling on the main channel of the Mississippi River.
James Overstreet continues to give me periodic updates from Aaron Martens, who hasn't caught another keeper lately.
I'm standing on dry ground, what little there is in La Crosse after the soaking rains all week, and it's in the B.A.S.S. media trailer. Brian Beebe is attempting to get his boat repaired, and all three of us should be united with a loaf of PB&J sandwiches in Beebe's boat shortly.
There's a storm brewing one minute, then breaking up the next, to the west that we're keeping an eye on. It might affect the day, it might not at this point. In other words, it's the weatherman's cliche: 50 percent chance of rain.
There's a narrow band of clearer water around the rocky point that Card Is fishing. That band is getting narrower by the minute as the wind is pushing muddy water toward it.
Card boats a smallmouth that had him culling. He likely has more than 12 pounds now. He confirms that he is throwing a swim jig.
Card catches two more keeper smallies on consecutive casts, but neither is big enough to cull.
"My frog area is trashed with mud," he says.
Pirch adds 2 pounds. Now he has a limit!
Photo submitted by Bassmaster Marshal Alex Ebertowski
We followed Card out to a rocky point that he is fishing with some type of cast-and-wind bait, maybe a swimming jig.
Card tells us he just caught his fifth bass, a small keeper. Then he sets the hook on a better fish, promptly boats it and puts his Power-Poles down, so he can cull while staying put. Card says he has over 11 pounds in the box.
He culls a bass and hooks another one on his first cast. It allows him to upgrade by a few ounces.
Cliff Pirch has four. His Marshal, Alex Ebertowski, estimates he has 8 3/4 pounds in the livewell.
Sorry boys, but you're going to get shelled again. It looks like about an hour. Get 'em while you can. Last year it was the mayflies, this year it's the rain. We sure hope this doesn't hurt our chance for you coming back next year.