We left Fred Roumbanis a few minutes ago, making a short run across Siebold Creek to check on Dean Rojas, who's fishing an area that's only accessible via a small culvert that's barely wide enough for a boat. A spectator tells me Rojas has four keepers that will weigh about 9 to 10 pounds. Spectators are lined up on a rip rap bank and watching from land.
Last time we saw Lisa Cox she was Marshaling for Elite Series angler Jared Miller when he took his wild and rocky ride down the Alabama River last year. A video of that event was the most popular video on Bassmaster.com in 2013. That adventure didn't scare Lisa off. She's Marshaling again, this time at the Classic. Yesterday she was with Fred Roumbanis when he caught his 9+ pounder. Today she'll be with 2013 Elite Rookie of the Year Hank Cherry.
We find Casey Ashley right where he fished all day yesterday. He had one in the box when we got here and we watched him add another that he had to measure. It is warmer this morning, sunny, and glass calm. There was wind yesterday. Will the lack of a breeze hurt the bite here? Cliff Pirch is also here. He started here yesterday but left in the afternoon. He has one in the box.
At first glance, some fans might find it surprising that B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier Coby Carden came into Saturday's round in sixth place. But a closer examination of Carden's track record tells us it shouldn't be any surprise at all.
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My boat driver, Chad Scroggins, and I are in Seibold right now watching Bobby Lane and Todd Faircloth. We’re about 500 yards away from Roumbanis. We just watched Faircloth wrestles a nice fish out of some stickups. As you can see in the picture, it was barely hooked in the bottom lip, and he gingerly fought it for about a minute before lifting it into his Skeeter. It was every bit of 4 pounds, maybe more. That’s his first fish of the day.
Another legal fish for Tharp, but he threw it back without going to the livewell. He swung it into the boat but otherwise played it gingerly, with little body English. He's calm, but the guy running the remote-controlled helicopter camera is not. His machine crashed into the lake and quickly dropped out of sight in 7 feet of water. The big motor cowling altered his flight plan for the worse. Expensive mistake.
Classic anglers return to Lake Guntersville under a beautiful Alabama sky
My only complaint about Tharp is that he barely gives me time to send a blog entry before he does something else noteworthy — and possibly historic. He just caught another keeper that hooked up at the end of a long cast, and as I typed this he landed another. The crowd is jacked up and so is he. Let's see how long it'll be before I type again.