With time running out quickly, Tharp sped down to the far end of the riprap. He won't have far to go to get back to the ramp, so it's almost all fishing time. Playing the percentages in a spot where he has lots of big-fish history.
Jordan Lee has culled twice in the last 10 minutes, first to gain ounces, and just now to replace a 3 1/2 with a 5 1/2. Late charge!
In less than four hours, one man will hoist his first Bassmaster Classic trophy. And his life will change.
Not a single man in the Top 25 has ever won the Classic before.
Some of the guys are fishing their first Classic ever, like Paul Mueller, David Kilgore, Jordan Lee, Adam Wagner, Doug Thompson and Coby Carden.
Some have fished several and never won the trophy, like Randy Howell and Edwin Evers.
And some have come oh so close, oh so many times, like Aaron Martens.
No one can tell yet who will win this super-close race, but one thing is for sure: Whoever wins will be a new name on the list of victors.
It looks like we're headed to the ramp. Stay tuned for the weigh-in (live at 4 p.m. CT!).
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ronnie Moore.
The ticking of the clock grows louder in DeFoe's ear. He's jumping quickly from one hump to another, spending only 5 to 10 minutes on each spot. He knows he needs one more good fish to have a shot at winning. He has one small bass he just has to get rid of. Time is running short, but it only takes a minute to land a big bass. Can he do it? Time will tell.
While fishing a stretch of riprap directly under some bridge-bound spectators, Tharp hooked and landed another keeper, which should make five. The fish ate as he paused the bait, and Tharp seemed as surprised as anyone by the bite. Still probably needs to cull up.
Edwin Evers just moved back out to a spot where he missed a couple of fish earlier today. He'll have to bug out soon, so he better make every cast count.