Ike is still searching for big bites, something he'll do for the rest of the day. "2 and 2 1/2- pounders won't win this for me, but I know this deep deal has the fish to win this - if it works, and I think it will." He's dragging a Missile Football Head Jig and a drop shot around brush.
He made one cast with his yo zuri crank before skipping a jig under a dock. He says, "It's time to catch a big one!" Update by Bassmaster Marshal David Findley
Casey Ashley just caught a 2 1/2 to 3 pound fish and culled significantly. It looked to be about a pound and a half cull for him. His cameraman hasn't updated it yet, but it would unofficially give him 14 pounds, give or take a couple ounces. He was already unofficially leading, so he now has a 3 1/2 pound lead over Jacob Powroznik, who has 16 pounds right now.
Dean Rojas has returned to his primary game plan. We've left the area next to the dam. It's still on the lower end of the lake, but closer to the spots Rojas fished Friday and Saturday. He's hugging the boat docks again, which is the pattern he's been fishing the past two days.
Bobby Lane made a move to his second spot. he said, ''I caught a 4 1/2-pounder here during practice." He is as cool as a cucumber. But I'm as nervous as a long tailed cat sitting close to a rocking chair.
Chris Lane Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Grant Pentiricci
Rojas has two in the livewell now, boating a 1 1/2-pounder down near the dam. Dean Rojas has drastically changed tactics this morning. Yesterday he fished around boat docks almost exclusively. After hitting a couple of his primary locations from the first two days, he moved to an area near the dam about an hour ago. The move has paid off with two fish. He's fishing much deeper than he has the past two days, keeping an eye on his electronics.
Among Ike's followers today are Dave Graham and Paul Conti, who came down Concord, N.C. They say Ike is among their favorites, but Graham wanted to follow Ike because he's also from New Jersey. "Gotta go with the homeboy," he said.