Keeper number three for Lee and Powell, another small one. After pounding 10 piles without a bite, this one bit on the first drop. "See how fast it happens." Lee commenting on the quick bite. When they're there and they want to eat you can't keep them from getting it and getting it quick. Running and gunning for AU. Back on the move.
Just got word from a spectator that Rutherford went swimming this morning. Apparently he was netting Peeler's fish when his rod was snatched into the lake. Rutherford decided to go in after it and got his rod back minus the fish. That would have been something to see.
"I think we just need three bites," Frink said about his rat swimbait. At this rate, three bites would get them more than 15 pounds, more than most 5-fish spotted bass limits. He's probably right, as most other teams are targeting spots.
Jordan Lee and Shane Powell of Auburn have two 14 inchers.
Frink and Nummy are making solid decisions this morning. There's a large island near the dam on Chatuge. Shooting the gap north of the island saves a couple minutes. However, some of AUM's most productive water is on the mainland side of the cut through. With a five boat flotilla and few other boats on the lake, Frink chose to run around the island. Wise move. However in about 3 hours you'll have to wait your turn to shoot that gap. This place gets crowded on a summer Saturday and the muddy water created by the boat waves could wreck AUM's rat bite.
Frink is worried about the bit traffic that'll be around later today. If it becomes distracting or hinders the bite, he plans on moving to more secluded areas and fishing more rocky structure rather than clay banks.
The AUM team of Frink and Nummy runs like seeing a Swiss sewing machine in a hot oil bath. Frink is usually the only one casting the El Raton swimbait, while Nummy occasionally passes him a buzzing Skinny Dipper or Topwater. Like Nummy said yesterday, the best thing he can do is get out of the way and let Frink work the rat. Lee and Powell were fishing nearby and asked how AUM was doing, and Frink said they'd caught one. Oh, but it was 6 1/2 pounds. "I like to kind of get in their heads," Frink said with a grin.
Number 2 Lee and Powell work a dropshot in the foreground while number 1 AUM runs the bank in the background. A look at the two extremes on Chatuge this week. Big bait/swimbait pattern and the dropshot/finesse pattern. You go into a tournament hoping to survive with one and hoping to blow it out with the other. So far this morning, AUM is blowing it out with the big bait.
Word on the water puts Young Harris at 2 small keepers.