DeFoe runs downriver a few mile and fishes a spot on the main lake far offshore. He quickly hooks a good bass and works it back to the driver's seat. He lip lands the bass and screams, "Yeah!" DeFoe soon boats another bass that needs measuring. It passes muster and goes in the box.
On the first boat dock he fished, Tharp set on what appeared to be a good fish. Fought it for a short time and when it got to the boat his lure flew back in his face. For the first time, we heard an expression of disgust from him. There are other piers here, maybe he's onto something, despite the disappointment.
Tharp's hunch about the back of the tributary didn't pay off. He dropped his Power Poles a couple of times and saturated discrete areas, all to no avail. We'd assumed he would continue to work down the lake like he did yesterday, but he fooled us by heading back upstream, ending up above and across from where we started on him this morning. He's back in another creek, working a shallow boathouse under sunny skies.
Jordan Lee just culled for the second time, this time replacing a 3-pounder with a fat 5. He's having his way with the big girls in shallow water.
DeFoe left square one and his boat was out of sight before we got underway. It took us 45 minutes to find him. He was fishing another stretch of riprap off the main lake. He still has only one bass. He laments the lack of wind today. He's off and running again. Gotta go.
Randy Howell boats a fish at the Spring Creek Causeway.
Photo: Bob Payne
Here's a GoPro video via Shaye Baker of Randy Howell's massive morning. See below for a great BassCam from Mitchell Jennings as well.
Things have slowed for Paul Mueller, both in terms of fish catching and crowd participation. The helicopter with GoPros did swing by, though. Mueller has landed a short in the last little while, but other than that, there’s not much doing.
For the first time today, Tharp has run a fair distance back into a tributary. On the way, he had to pass the spot where the service crew met him yesterday. There are loads of birds working back here, which we assume means it's loaded with bait fish. After a handful of casts, he sat down, started up the big motor and headed even further back into what looks like a textbook spawning area. Not sure if this was part of the original plan or an audible like the one he mentioned a short while ago.
Edwin Evers worked back within talking distance of the spectator/media flotilla a few minutes ago, and ESPN photographer Marty Dashiel broke the ice, shouting, "Y'all get off my spot. I'm coming back here next week."
That elicited laughter from the gallery, and prompted Evers to explain that he was just a little frustrated earlier. We explained to Evers that a little heads-up from him will allow us to stay out of his way.
Let's call it a truce, shall we?