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

2013 West Point Lake Battle Live Blog

Short with a limit

10:27 am EDT, May 4, 2013

This one is a pound and a half. Caught on a Zoom shaky head worm. Short is clearly happy to have a limit. He is fishing on top of an old road bed.

Shryock with a limit

10:22 am EDT, May 4, 2013


Fletcher Shryock worked on a limit in a hurry.

Roumbanis moves to the bank

10:20 am EDT, May 4, 2013

After Ike went on his way, we noticed Roumbanis had moved to the bank.


"I was hoping Ike would buzz through this," he said. "I've caught all my fish here."


Where Ike was moving and stroking, Roumbanis is much slower and methodical.


After a few minutes he hooks up with his second keeper, a spotted bass a little more than a pound.


He's had a couple more bites, but most are short striking. But you can almost read his body language and tell he thinks he's getting ready to get a bite.


Meanwhile the rain isn't letting up, making typing and shooting photos a chore.

Why the pink?

10:14 am EDT, May 4, 2013


That photo is Kevin Short holding a catfish. "Right weight, wrong species."


I used the opportunity to ask him why pink is his signature color. I kinda assumed it had something to do with breast cancer. But no, he wanted a signature color that no one else had.


"I was working for Farm Bureau at the time and they had a pink shirt with a logo on it, and whenever I wore it I got positive comments. Mostly from women. My wife, Kerry, and I talked about it. She thought pink was a good direction to go in and I trusted her. I knew it was the right decision when Skeet saw it for the first time time — he just looked at me and said, NICE!"

Fishing a wreck in Wehadkee Creek

10:05 am EDT, May 4, 2013


James Overstreet and I followed Mark Davis up Wehadkee Creek under the Highway 109 bridge before the latest cloudburst. Then it started raining so hard we couldn't see.


Obviously, it made for difficult driving conditions as well. As we motored back, police cars and an ambulance were surrounding a one-vehicle accident on the bridge. The single passenger emerged with a head bandage but appeared to be in relatively good condition.


Brian Snowden is fishing down the bank toward the bridge. "Fishing a wreck" doesn't mean the same thing here as it does in saltwater, but we did see Snowden catch a short fish.


We didn't see Davis catch anything when we were on him. We got out of cell service there, too. We're off to chase down some other Elites in the rain.

Four for Short

9:57 am EDT, May 4, 2013


Kevin Short with keeper No. 4.  This one is a little bigger at 1 pound, 10 ounces. He caught this one on a little Zoom shaky head.

Reese in small pocket

9:51 am EDT, May 4, 2013

Reese is locked on a bed in the back of a short pocket. He pulls up before we get near him and moves out.


Although Reese is fishing in a small area, he's staying on the move. He's giving us a seminar on how to run and gun in a 100-acre creek.


Reese catches a small one on a jerkbait, his first keeper of the day.


The sky has opened up with a serious downpour. My smart phone is beginning to go into a funk. Reese sets up on another bed. I doubt he can see the bass in the pouring rain. He must know where the beds are from the previous two days on the water. Reese catches another keeper as we take refuge under a boat slip. Hope the owner doesn't mind.

Ike on the move

9:48 am EDT, May 4, 2013

We move over to Iaconelli. He has one keeper.


It's pouring down rain, but he's not giving up.


He's moving and casting down the bank like it was a sunny day.


He's moving in classic Ike style. And the next thing you know he's off.

Snowden's white bass

9:45 am EDT, May 4, 2013

We've caught up with Brian Snowden. He's working the shoreline with a topwater. We get near and he switches to a sinking-style bait.


"I just had a 3-pounder get all over it," he said. "I'm hoping he'll come back."


Snowden doesn't have a keeper. He says he's never been so confused by a fishery.


A few seconds later fish begin breaking next to his boat. He fires his topwater that way and hooks up with a white bass.

Short has three

9:29 am EDT, May 4, 2013


It is pouring rain now. And Short has reeled in keeper No. 3. Small, but in these conditions, just getting fish in the livewell is a win.