Photo by Marshall Will Eller
It took us a while to find him, but James Overstreet and I are following Day 2 leader Brett Hite as he methodically works a bank south of the Wingate area, where he has fished earlier in the tournament. Hite is throwing mostly a variety of reaction baits. He has two small bass in the livewell.
Bernie Schultz has just landed his first fish of the day. It weighs about 3 pounds.
Shaw Grigsby has the reputation as a great sight fisherman. So when he had a 30 pound 5 ounce bag on day 1, most people assumed he did it sight fishing. We can tell you now that he didn't. He was casting a few different lures that we won't mention just yet. Shaw didn't do anything to dissuade people's misperception. "He's a wiley veteran," said roommate Paul Elias. "He was going through the weigh-in line giggling."
Day 2 was a different story for Shaw. His Thursday technique didn't work on Friday and he caught all five fish that day sight fishing, for 12 pounds.
When I found Kevin Short, Todd Faircloth was fishing nearby. Short said there was no bite this morning so far and decided to make a move. I stayed to shoot Faircloth because he told me he has four and two are nice fish - he thinks he has about 13 pounds in his livewell.
Bernie Schultz just made a short move. He is working with his tackle sitting down on the front casting deck. I can sense his frustration early on this Day 3. Very light wind and bright sun. It's cool although it will be warning to about 70 degrees later today. He continues to work his bait rather quickly. At this time he is all alone in this area of Spring Creek.
Shaw Grigsby just caught another nice fish culling to add a pound to his total, which is now 16 pounds. Shaw is actually weighing every fish he catches. His roommate Paul Elias tells us Shaw weighs every fish he catches in a tournament. "I'm not that patient," said Paul. "I want to get right back to casting."
Justin Lucas switched to a worm to catch his solo keeper for this morning, but by far his main weapon has been a half ounce vibrating jig.
Zona says this ditch he's following around is actually the intersection of two drains that feed/empty this flat. Most of the time he's in 12 feet of water.