It's 2:41 and Chris Lane is leaving the backwater. He hasn't been particularly talkative the last few minutes -- he's not throwing in the towel but now things are out of his control.
Chris Lane clearly knows he's running out of time. "I can't think of anything I'd change," he said. Just then he set the hook violently -- but the fish was short. "I need some last-minute heroics." The Bassmaster Classic is on the line. Can you imagine what had to be going through his head this afternoon? How about the last 10 minutes? Could you handle it?
Chris Lane just switched to a square-billed crankbait
Tim Horton has finally made a small move
John Diaco, Ott DeDoe and Steve Kennedy have all located bedding bass and are trying to catch then currently. Kennedy estimates his at 6 pounds, DeFoe's is 4 and Diaco's is 3. None of them have had any luck. With about 15 minutes left to fish, they need to get these bass interested in a hurry. The bright skies have warmed the water and welcomed bass to the beds.
Bassmaster Classic competitor John Crews is now in the plastics business with his newly launched company, Missile Baits.
Greg Vinson is easing his way back to make the lock, so Cunningham and I are headed for the ramp. It's going to be a close one. Can't wait for the weigh-in.
James Overstreet is an animal when it comes to getting the shot.
There's still plenty of time left for the anglers in the tournament, but my time on the water has come to an end. I'm heading back to host the Bassmaster College Classic weigh-in at 3:30 p.m. CT on the Classic stage. It's a great experience for the three teams that are competing today at nearby Cross Lake: LSU, Arkansas and LSU Shreveport. LSU stands as the defending champions. We will see who ends up with bragging rights this year.
Alton Jones has caught three fish in the last 30 minutes, two that helped him. But he's culling up by ounces, not by pounds, as he hoped to.