We're told that Tharp really upgraded yesterday afternoon, but the past few hours have been relatively unproductive. After checking a few spots with nothing to show for it, he returned to the spot where he culled a little bit after 1pm. He told Overstreet that this is where he held the biggest fish hes ever had his hands on, a 14.03 lb brute that he landed for a partner. Less than an hour to go -- a 14 pounder might be too much to ask for, but a 5 would be nice and an 8 would be the stuff that dreams are made of.
Having caught 20-10 on Day One and an unofficial 18-15 so far today (as per BassTrakk) the unflappable Ott DeFoe is remaining consistent. And not just from one competition day to the next, but from the start of practice to now.
Ashley moves for the third time since leaving his sweet spot. He's trying different baits and patterns hoping for a last minute kicker. He needs it badly.
Day 1 leader Randall Tharp is working hard to be the Day 2 leader.
Jason Christie just made a decent cull. He went the opposite direction of DeFoe down the riprap and hung a keeper on a squarebill crankbait. His crowd cheered in approval. The wind has picked up, which is another relief to DeFoe. The calm on thewater was killing his bite before, he said. If it’s good for DeFoe, it’s likely good for everyone else. DeFoe also cited the clear skies and sunshine as warming his riprap, which, as you always hear, warms the rock fastest. Here are a few pictures of Ott and Christie culling.
Anglers are scrambling this time of day, so we're going to mix it up ourselves and roll down the lake. We were poking around in Alreds and stumbled across Brandon Palaniuk. Just in time to see him stick a 5-pounder. About five casts later, he hauled in a 3-pounder and culled a small fish.
Ashley hears the clock ticking. It prompts him to leave the spot he's been fishing since the start of the Classic. After 30 minutes there without a bite he moves again.
Not much was happening with Dean Rojas, so we've made a short move up the lake to Mill Creek, where Randy Howell has been trying to put together something. He's cranking a rip rap bank right now and caught a 3-pounder right before we pulled up to him. He just told me he's about to leave this area. "I'm really leaving this time," he said. "I've been saying that for two hours and then I keep catching them and can't leave."
After what seemed like a bass-less eternity, Tharp just bowed up on a solid Guntersville bass. With two cameramen in the boat, he did a bit of waterborne ballet before landing it fromt the driver's seat. It helped the cause. "What do y'all think?" he asked the fairly quiet crowd. They responded on cue with words of encouragement. Never give up, indeed.