Spectator boats scattered at a distance behind Casey Ashley
After a few casts at stop No. 5, one little nibble was not nearly enough to make Bobby Lane stay. At stop No. 6 now, he is about 200 yards from where he started his day, and the rain has started. Oh, and by the way, fish No. 3 just went into the livewell adding 2 3/4-pounds to today's stringer.
Ashley just hooked up again and swung a 2 pounder into the boat. He threw it back without weighing it or putting it on a balance beam. That fish could be extremely valuable to someone else, but Casey is looking for upgrades.
Dean Rojas just made my last blog post look ridiculous. He made a move to another cove, threw on a dock, and hauled out a two-pounder for his fourth fish. There's a reason I'm over here watching and he's over there fishing. Rojas has posted up on this dock in search of another one.
We're beginning to wonder if Iaconelli is getting frustrated. More frequent are the audible sounds of frustration as he bounces from spot to spot. He's still got three in the box and undoubtedly figured he'd have another fish or two by now. He's beginning to branch out from his deep pattern and is hitting docks and other visible cover. Although he's still got some time, the clock in his head is likely ticking louder and louder.
Brett Hite just landed about a 4 and a half pounder and that moves him far up the leaderboard. He only has 3 keepers, but he has close to 11 pounds. He started the day in 6th place (2 pounds 4 ounces behind). Hite was only 7 ounces behind Casey Ashley though. Hite is now unofficially in 3rd place behind Casey Ashley and Takahiro Omori and possibly Jacob Powroznik. With two more fish to fill out his limit, he could keep rising!
Dean Rojas seems to be reverting back to the dock pattern he fished the first two days. He has spent the past hour or more in two pockets that he fished Friday and Saturday, targeting docks with a shaky head. Jerry Cunningham and I, along with our boat driver Jason Turner, find ourselves a little perplexed by Rojas' decision to run this pattern. Although it produced Friday's leading bag, it didn't yield the same results Saturday, when Rojas struggled to catch a small limit.
From our distant vantage point it was hard to tell that Casey Ashley had hooked a bass. He played it and played it and then played it some more, finally corralling it from the driver's seat of his boat. The dozen or so fans congregated on a nearby boat ramp screamed enthusiastically. Through the camera's viewfinder it appeared to be nearly 4 pounds. With the cull, he may have improved his weight by as much as two pounds.
This is remarkable history that B.A.S.S. is doing right now. As I'm blogging about Omori filling his limit, Casey Ashley hooks up live on the broadcast. Ashley boated about a 3-pound class fish and culled a decent one. He has to have over 15 pounds now and that is going to be a strong weight. The only thing Ashley has lacked this week is a giant. The local favorite has seemingly caught a limit of solid cookie-cutters all week.