I just got off of Ott’s boat, much to his pleasure. Not five minutes after I got out and a cameraman got in, he catches a 3 3/4, culling him up to roughly 21 pounds. He immediately hollered over, “You’re never getting in my boat again, David Jones.” I wish he was the first Classic competitor to tell me that.
B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet, now in short sleeves, has hopped in the boat with Tharp. He's downwind and didn't eat any pickled quail eggs today, so it shouldn't rattle the leader too much.
"Whenever I fish near a kayaker I usually win," DeFoe grinned as a young lady in a kayak eased by. He's referring to his Alabama River win in the 2011 All Star championship. He's still cranking muddy water at the moment and questioning whether or not to kick me out. "They were biting before you got in, David." Maybe I'll show myself out of his Nitro.
Check out the best catches from Edwin Evers captured by GoPro.
The water where Ashley is fishing is flat calm with bright sunshine beating down. He needs a kicker fish to keep pace with the leaders. There's still time but the bass aren't helping.
Tharp made another long move. The lake was stirred up already and with the addition of his followers it felt like we were driving in a washing machine. I'm pretty much convinced that Overstreet had his eyes closed half the time. His gallery is tight to him as he fishes some rocks. We can't figure out why some enterprising Guntersville resident doesn't start a snack boat, selling hot dogs, drinks, maybe even some binoculars so the folks can keep their distance. He quickly caught a small fish and tossed it back.
If, like me, you have David Walker on your Fantasy Fishing roster, don’t be too alarmed looking at his fall from 2nd to 24th on the unofficial leaderboard, BassTrak. Walker said yesterday that he would not worry if he did not catch an early limit, because his fish have been warming up slowly.
I'm still with Ott, and we just made a move to we dirtier water. He couldn't have been more excited. "If the current is rolling half as good as it was yesterday, this could be good. " He's tossing a bright crankbait around some riprap. The water is moving, but not as briskly as yesterday.
When word of Randall Tharp breaking down got out, James Overstreet was on the move to grab some great shots.