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Slow go

10:14 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Even with all of this bait the action is slow for Randy Allen. No fish in the boat. Not even a strike on the trusty Alabama Rig.

 

Water temperature back here is 49 degrees. That's about the prevailing temperature in most places we've been to this week.

 

Even so, this is an amazing lake. The water clarity back here is unbelievable. What's also unbelievable is what this place will be like when the water temperature breaks 60 degrees.

Allen fishing shallow

9:30 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

We've pulled up on leader Randy Allen. He's back in a pocket off the main lake. That's unusual because most of the action up until now has taken place out on the main lake. Points. Offshore. Nothing this shallow.

 

He also called an audible on us. Good thing we followed him instead of inquiring ahead of time. This is an unplanned stop but could pay off big.

 

Bait is everywhere. Birds are circling overhead. Fish are boiling.

 

Our local boat driver says he's not seen this type of setup in some time.

 

Not surprisingly, with all of the bait in this pocket Allen is casting an umbrella rig.

Lined up and ready

8:36 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

T-Roy Broussard prepares to launch

8:35 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Seeing them off

8:33 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Chilly morning

8:29 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Matt Lee ready to go

8:27 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Edwin Evers is all smiles

8:25 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Frosty morning

8:24 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

Check out the frost on Matt Lee's graph.

Heating up

8:16 am EST, Feb 8, 2014

It's the final day of competition and it could get interesting. Today's high will reach 70 degrees and the sun will make it feel even warmer, following the deep freeze of the past two days.

 

Leader Randy Allen has a 10-pound lead. Late yesterday Stephen Browning came in yesterday with a 20-pound sack. There were other big fish caught late as well. So who knows what might unfold.

 

We'll be following Allen this morning so stayed tuned.

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