2013 Elite Series West Point Lake Battle West Point Lake - LaGrange, GA, May 2 - 5, 2013

2013 West Point Lake Battle Live Blog

A little peek at the sun

9:18 am EDT, May 5, 2013


Here is a good shot of what Pete is fishing. We're getting some different camera angles. Cameraman Wes is earning his pay today. Weather is tremendously better than yesterday's rain. This is the first time the sun has shown itself in four days.


Report from Craig Monnin

Back in the drink

9:05 am EDT, May 5, 2013

Faircloth drops his Power-Poles in the back of a pocket. He must know something. A few casts later, he boats a bass on a white buzzbait. He slaps the black bass on a measuring board and tosses it back into the drink.


Cliff Crochet just ran past us out of the creek. BASSTrakk has Crochet with a goose egg so far.

Martens at the weigh-in site

9:04 am EDT, May 5, 2013

Aaron Martens has moved across the lake from Holiday Park to the Pyne Road Park weigh-in site. He's within 75 yards of where he'll bank his boat to bring his fish to the scales this afternoon.


Martens just let out a groan of frustration. It would be interesting to see what's on his sonar screen right now. He's fishing straight down from the bow of his boat.

Four for Ponds

9:00 am EDT, May 5, 2013

Pete just put No. 4 in the boat. Looked to be about a pound and a half. Pete seems pleased with the action so for this morning and is in good spirits.


Report from camera boat driver Craig Monnin

Martens circling, ospreys attacking

8:53 am EDT, May 5, 2013

I have no idea what Aaron Martens is looking for exactly, but he's spending a lot of time doing it. Martens has been idling in circles, looking at his sonar screen for several minutes now.


In the meantime, James Overstreet had the opportunity to photograph a fight between two ospreys and two Canada geese. The ospreys, of course, won that deal. But not before several strafing attacks from the ospreys. The geese, apparently, had ventured too close to the ospreys' nest. Check JO's on-the-water gallery later. Even if you're not a bird watcher, you'll enjoy this.


Now Martens is fishing again, vertically, with either a drop shot bait or a shaky head worm. He's dropping it straight down next to his trolling motor, trying to force-feed a big bass, I'd guess.

Slow and steady

8:51 am EDT, May 5, 2013


Tommy Biffle is methodically working the banks of Brush Creek. In the photo that's Tommy to the left and a spectator to the right. Tommy is working his trolling motor and keeping his boat moving at a slow steady pace. The water here is high, up into the lower branches of brush lining the shore. 

Deja vu for Faircloth

8:49 am EDT, May 5, 2013

Faircloth runs to the pocket where he started this morning and goes straight to the spot where he missed two bites. He is slowly working them over with some type of bottom bait. After five minutes without a bite, he makes a winding run up Beech Creek and shuts down in another pocket. He's back to popping the flooded bank grass. That must be his primary pattern.


It is still overcast, but the sun is trying to pop through the clouds. I'm hoping the weatherman's prediction of a 70% chance for rain is all wet.

Two for Casey

8:47 am EDT, May 5, 2013

Casey just put his second small fish in the boat.


He made a move to the middle of the pocket. He is working pretty fast down the shoreline toward the back.  He is hitting any scrub bush he sees.

Ponds' 10-pounder (kind of)

8:46 am EDT, May 5, 2013


Pete just hooked up with a 10-pound striper. There was some real excitement there for a few moments.  


The fish annihilated his lure. It cut Pete's hand when he unhooked it and cameraman Wes pulled out the first-aid kit for a bandage. Pete is back to chunking and winding now.


Report from camera boat driver Craig Monnin

A limit for Vinson

8:43 am EDT, May 5, 2013

Greg Vinson has five in the livewell now!