James Overstreet and I are following the leader Brett Hite today. He's fishing near the dam. Hite has started day 4 about like he ended day 3-- and that is catching big bass. He has already reeled in two big fish. We're estimating them to be about four pounds each. Brett is clearly fired up, pumping his fist and hollering with each fish. Three boats with early morning spectators have responded with cheers and claps.
Davis has his limit. He looks to have boated two more in the 3 pound range. He is a good distance away from me off the Flint river. We don't want it get to close and disrupt his water.
Brett Hite had only three fish weighing a total of 5 pounds at 1 p.m. yesterday. Granted, that was the first day he hadn't caught his fish early, and he still finished with 26 pounds. And this is a different day, with wind and clouds, unlike the high skies and dead calm that perplexed him most of yesterday.
But the early 1 p.m. check-in time announced this morning sets up an interesting scenario. If anybody has a chance to catch Hite, it's probably Aaron Martens, who sacked more than 29 pounds yesterday. That's why Steve Bowman, boat driver Paul Tyre and I are following Martens today. He's fishing a ditch near where Spring Creek and the Flint River enter Lake Seminole.
Mark Davis caught two quick fish as we pulled up on him. One 1 1/2-pounder and the other about 3 pounds. The wind has started to blow. He will have to deal with the weather and a shortened Day 4.
There's a storm front coming through Lake Seminole about 2:00 p.m. ET today, strong enough that Tournament Director Trip Weldon has the 12 finalists coming off the water early today, with check in time of 1:00 p.m. Stay tuned for more details all day long.
I'm back at the ramp and the crowds have formed as they wait for the anglers to return to the launch. A lot of fans will be pleased to see quite a few 20+ pound bags today.
Brett Hite is whacking them. Another 5-plus-pounder. That's four of that size in the last hour.
Photo by Johnny Jenkins
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Aaron Commons.
Charlie Hartley with a big cull late in the day. Caught this and threw a two pounder back. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Louis Siano.