We pulled up on Rick Clunn about this time yesterday. Maybe it was closer to noon, and he caught a 4-pounder. He's now at the same spot and we're wondering if he'll get a big bite about the same time today. In fact, while I'm writing Rick catches a 5-pounder!
We watched Rick Clunn fish about half of Saturday and all of Sunday so far. He's fishing a series of points on Piney Bay, and when he goes into Piney Creek he's generally hitting spots where rocks or trees jut out.
When the fish don't bite in a particular spot he'll return to a place where he fished earlier in the day. Some would call this a milk run.
Rick knows that as conditions change in temperature, wind, cloud cover, etc., the bite will change. A spot that wasn't fruitful two hours ago might be now.
Conditions are indeed changing here; with more sun the temp is rising. This blogger just pulled out his sunglasses.
Greg Hackney may spend the rest of the day here, the way he's talking - and catching fish - right now. He described this area as a big shallow flat. It's got several dead trees sticking up in the middle of it, and several more that aren't showing above the water. We've skidded over the top of a half-dozen.
Hackney confirmed that the fish he caught a few minutes ago was a "solid 4-pounder." He just culled again with what looked to be a solid 3-pounder.
This is a lesson in how these guys "manage fish" over a four-day tournament. Hackney hasn't fully explored this area, which he found in practice. He's dipped in here a few times during the tournament for some key fish, but he's obviously been saving it for today.
Hackney is throwing a Strike King Heavy Cover Series square-bill crankbait now. It's what he caught that last 3-pounder on.
Some guys know exactly what their bag weight is during the day. Hackney isn't one of those guys. When asked what he thought he had, Hackney said, "I have no idea."
We're guessing 12 to 14 pounds.
We have caught up with Keith Combs in the mouth of Piney Bay and he is still cranking riprap banks. He has a limit now weigh 12 or 13 pounds. He is on the move looking for better quality fish.
Things have heated up for Rick Clunn. he's in a flurry now with three keepers in 10 minutes. He's culled once.
We got close enough to ask him about his numbers. "I've got four and a half in the livewell," he joked. Apparently one is small spotted bass. Meaning he's only counting it as a half fish.
When asked his total weight, Rick replied, "I have no idea. That's your job." That sounds like a Nick Saban quote, when he talks to his players about not watching the scoreboard.
Well, since it's our job, we're estimating he has 13 pounds of bass in the livewell.