Here's an eagle's eye view of Dean Rojas, shot from a remote control helicopter equipped with a GoPro camera.
We're starting to see a little bit more movement and some clustering of boats in likely spots. Terry Scroggins ran in fished for 5 minutes and left. Bobby Lane and Josh Bertrand are nearby, without spectators. Bertrand tells us he has 5 babies in the livewell and is making some adjustments to garner a big bite.
My boat driver Phil Williams and I stopped to watch Swindle when Phil's friend Coby Carden blew by. We followed him a few minutes later but we were to late to see the action. He was already culling when we caught up with him. "I've got about 19 pounds," he says. Carden is fishing something that I haven't seen anyone else throwing. More than one way to skin these Gunterville bass.
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Ike just flew into the area with one spectator boat in tow. Yes, you read that correctly: ONE. When was the last time that happened in a Classic? He's fishing far enough from the bank that barking dogs shouldn't be an issue, either.
Thinking we might find some anglers looking for a late bite in Alreds, we ran into Casey Ashley near Alreds Marina. For an angler who's near the top of the leaderboard, he surprisingly had no spectator boats in tow. He's been fishing an offshore stretch about 100 yards long but we haven't seen him catch anything to add to his bag. Since I've been writing this, he's picked up three spectator boats.
Jordan Lee and Fred Roumbanis are fishing within a cast of each other, but Lee is throwing a lipless crankbait and Roumbanis is showing Guntersville bass a bit of west coast style with a big swimbait. They're both working the same stretch of grass, dropping their bait down onto the vegetation then ripping it out.
Few followers of the Bassmaster Elite Series will be surprised to see Edwin Evers (3rd unofficially, as of this posting) towards the top of the leaderboard today. Nor will those who have competed against him in February tournaments on riverine reservoirs. Aside from a bomb here in 2004 (119th place), Evers has been aces in February on this kind of water – third in a late-February 2005 Bassmaster Tour tournament; 5th and 8th in the late-February Classics on the Red River.
Take a walk around with us for an insider's view at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo.
We made a run up the lake on a search for several anglers near Saulty Creek, only to see numerous boats heading back down the lake. It looks like the late scramble to find a few more fish is on.