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Chris Jones gets some help

9:45 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

Those Mercury guys are golden. Thanks to the great sponsors.

Bad conditions, low visibility on Arkansas River

9:26 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

Chris Jones and Scott Bunday currently broken down

9:09 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

Saturday on the river

9:02 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013
What a difference in the weather since this time yesterday. Yesterday at this time it was raining, the wind was calm and the temperature was in the 70s. By comparison it's sunny, the wind is out of the north and the temperature is in the 50s. There's some fog on the river.
Anyone in the top 5 could win this tournament, with only 2 pounds and ounces between leader Mark Goines and Terry Butcher.
What will be interesting to watch is how Trevor Romans' day pans out. He was plagued by mechanical problems on both of the qualifying days. I talked to him yesterday and he was forced to fish new water. And he only spent three hours on his prime spots on Thursday.
The game-changer is going to be the weather. I've written about it each day, back to the interview with Stephen Browning. The current is moving and the river is falling.

The final day begins

8:20 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

Top 12 line the wall from back to front

8:17 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

Top 12 line the wall at daylight

8:13 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

TowBoatU.S. ready for the day

8:08 am EDT, Sep 21, 2013

Hightower update

11:05 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

After spending an hour with Dale Hightower he's moving on. He told us that we probably don't want to follow him. He's locking through.

Yesterday I interviewed Stephen Browning about how river strategies are affected by change. It's happening now. I've counted 7 boats so far going past us. That's a sure sign that game plans are in a state of flux.

More change. The wind has shifted from the southeast to the northwest. Skies are cloudy but the wind is pushing them out.

Long run

9:58 am EDT, Sep 20, 2013

We just chased Day One leader Dale Hightower up the river from his first spot at the launch site. Here's the setup.

He's pitching and flipping a series of logjams on the main river channel. We're in 25 feet of water and he's only 25 yards away. Must be a nice ledge near his spot.