Britt Myers made two casts around 11 o'clock and each resulted in 1/2-pound culls from his livewells. He's fired up.
"I'm one good bite away from another Top 12, fellas," Myers said. "If I get a 4 1/2-pounder, I'll be strutting across the stage."
Those two casts were several minutes apart, as Myers had to put both on a balance beam to make sure he was culling correctly.
He's up to about 12 pounds.
Vinson went through his key stretch and never got a sniff. After running through his two best areas, he picked up and headed across the creek.
He appears to be looking for spawners. He does say he wishes "they would have waited two more days to start their spawn."
All his fish have been prespawn. And today's mild weather may have moved them straight to the bank. At the moment he's having trouble finding them.
BJ Haseotes gets a nice largemouth. (Photo by marshal Bill McNutt)
(Photo by marshal Bill McNutt)
Vinson moves across the lake and into a deeper pocket lined with flooded bushes. He's doing more looking than fishing.
We just made a long washboard run upriver past Lead Hill. The choppy water is the kind of thing that should fire up Kevin VanDam. I'd bet the farm that he's slamming brown bass somewhere on a jerkbait.
We've found Greg Vinson, the tournament leader after Day 2. He's fishing a small cove off the main lake. At the moment he is moving quickly tight to the shoreline and making parallel casts with a baitcasting rod. It appears that he is fishing some type of a twitch bait.
Vinson idles farther into the pocket and starts fishing along the edge of newly flooded bushes. He has a small limit of spotted bass.
This nice spot makes five for James Niggemeyer. (Photo by marshal Brian Padgett)
Vinson is staying cool and collected, despite some of the little hindrances of the day, such as the debris and the occasional lost fish.
He's likely hoping for a repeat of Day 2 when he caught his weight from noon to 2 p.m. Currently he's cherry picking around some points in the area.
He's getting a lot of bites. Many of them just swiping at the bait. Others are short or no help.
We are sure he's waiting for the witching hour to start at noon.
Greg Vinson had never led an Elite Series tournament until Day One at Bull Shoals. He saw his 1-pound margin slip to just 3 ounces on Day Two, but he’s still got the lead. Can he hold on? I think he can, but time will tell. The last Bull Shoals winner (Brandon Palaniuk) led it wire-to-wire. Maybe Vinson can do the same.