Cliff Pace buzzed out of here shortly after Britt Myers buzzed in. Myers finished second here last year while fishing a completely different area of the lake than he is this year. And he's having another good tournament. He began the day in ninth place.
"I've got three good ones and one small one," Myers said.
He estimated his weight at 9 1/2 pounds.
Gerald Swindle just buzzed by this gathering place.
(Photo by marshal Jeff Hamilton)
James Overstreet and I were preparing to roam, in search for some cell service and other anglers, when Cliff Pace pulled into the front of the cut where Cliff Prince and Steve Kennedy are fishing, so we stopped for a visit.
"Zero," Pace said when asked what he'd caught. "I've got a limit, but it might as well be zero -- four little spots and a smallmouth."
Pace just landed another dink that went back in the lake.
This is a popular place, near the Theodosia arm on the lower part of the lake. Britt Myers just buzzed in here.
Jeff Kriet is finesse fishing a steep rocky bank. The breeze pushes him along at just the right pace with the sun at his back.
He sets the hook and lands his fifth keeper, a small spotted bass.
"I'm going to go sight fishing in a minute," he says.
The sun is getting up and the bass should be easier to see now.
This early in an Elite season, there are usually a couple of dozen anglers who have limited each day they’ve been on the water. In 2013, though, there was the Sabine River, where a limit was rare. Even Falcon Lake challenged a few anglers. Now, after two days at Bull Shoals, where limits are pretty easy to come by despite the wicked cold front that greeted competitors on the first day, just two anglers have limited each day they’ve fished: Bill Lowen and Ish Monroe.
Lowen failed to make the cut, so his streak is safe going into the next Elite event. Monroe is right in the thick of things here, so his streak is in jeopardy for another day.
They have the two longest current streaks in the Elites. Lowen is at eight. Monroe is at nine and counting. These are baby streaks. The record is 57 straight by Kevin VanDam.
Vinson's move was straight across the big creek and designed to get away from the debris that has built in his primary area.
"I can't get away from the junk," he said.
He added that there's so much of it that it's been difficult to work his bait properly.
The debris is in his new area so he's sitting down tying a new offering to see if it's any better.
We are in a small cut where Cliff Prince is working down one bank and Steve Kennedy is going down the other. Both are catching fish.
Prince just put his fourth keeper in the boat. He is catching lots of short fish. He's caught all three species, but the keepers so far are three smallmouths and a spotted bass.
Vinson is making a short move. It's the first time we've seen him move away from his primary area since Day One.
He may be letting it rest or trying to expand. We're hot on his tail so we should have an idea if this was a stroke of brilliance or just a change of pace.
Matt Reed swings and misses. A few minutes later he misses again. He's down from the front deck now, rerigging. I can hear him grumbling to himself from 70 yards away.
This sports makes grown men cry on a daily basis.