A 4.2-pound largemouth for Edwin Evers (Photo by marshal Mark Woods)
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Bill Mcnutt
Steve Kennedy is in the back of a creek struggling to cull his smallest bass.
"It's nowhere near as good as yesterday," he says. "They really just started biting good the last hour."
He just landed a good bass that will allow him to toss back his squeaker.
Looks like Kennedy might pull off some last minute heroics.
We spotted Kevin VanDam running up the lake and gave chase. He pulled up to a windy bank and quickly caught two bass that be immediately released. He obviously has his limit.
As you would expect, he's fishing the windiest part of the lake and twitching a jerkbait with authority. He is fishing more aggressively than anyone I've seen in this tournament. Would you expect anything less?
When asked how he's doing, he gives us a thumbs up. Then he promptly catches another bass, which allowed him to cull. Folks, that's three bass in less than 5 minutes. This guy is a bass' worst nightmare.
There's another VanDam victim in the boat, and just as quickly back in the drink.
VanDam pulls up the trolling motor and rockets off.
Shaye Baker posted a little update on this earlier. Worthwhile to mention again that we have five guys on the water today who managed to get out on the lake without their BASSTrakk phones. That's Greg Hackney, Aaron Martens, Scott Ashmore, Jason Williamson, and Brent Chapman. Some of the other guys are in areas without cell service. What this all means is some of the guys showing zeros in the BASSTrakk leaderboard most likely have caught fish. Check back in at 3:15 Central to see the weigh-in for the full story!
Roumbanis shows off a 2-pound smallmouth (Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Gary Rowland).
Bull Shoals has produced numbers despite the tough cold front. The fishing’s been pretty good, but the size hasn’t been there. The fish have been averaging about half a pound smaller this year than they were last year. So far, the average bass has weighed about 2 pounds, 5 ounces. They were better than 2-12 last year. No one seems to have an explanation for the drop, though several pros have said they caught fat bass in practice and skinny ones in competition.
The biggest bass of the competition so far was Bradley Roy’s 5-6 on Day 1. If it holds up, it’ll be one of the smallest “big” bass in Elite history. Last year, the biggest bass from Bull Shoals was a 6-13 caught by Zell Rowland. A fish like that this year would be a “game changer.”
Scanlon's got a 3-pound smallie (Photo by John Greenlee)
After another washboard run, we came across Jason Christie fishing a gravel bank on the main lake. When I saw Christie early in the morning on the first day of the tournament, he was cranking fast and shallow in a stout wind. Right now he's dragging some type of bottom rig.
"I've got about 11 1/2 pounds," he says.
Over the past year, Christie has proven to be a formidable force. I'm not surprised to see him doing well here.
A few updates. BassTrakk is having a few issues today and a few of our anglers made it out without a BassTrakk entirely. Two anglers to note are Aaron Martens and Greg Hackney. Both have around 12 pounds and that moves them unofficially up around the cutline. These two guys started back at 23rd and 19th respectively. They are now flirting with that cutline and may end up sneaking into the final day.
Also, Cliff Pace shows 0 fish on BassTrakk right now, but we know for sure, as of earlier this morning, that Pace already had a limit. A small one, according to Pace, comprised of four spots and a smallmouth. We're unsure what he has at the moment but we will try to get a more accurate update as soon as possible.