Edwin is struggling. He only has four and they are probably under 9 pounds total. Making things worse when we pulled up on him, his body language was telling us he had just lost one. To make it a little more worse, Hank Cherry was in the middle of his flurry. The spectator noise was loud enough to carry the 600 yards we are away. Evers, though, always figures out something in this event. He's finished second twice. But like Ott DeFoe in his rookie season, Cherry's roll may be too hard to overcome. Still a lot of time left, though.
In the last hour, Hank Cherry has started showing why these four All-Star finalists were fired up about coming to White Lake. Cherry has been on fire. He moved back down to the mid-lake area after leaving Whitehall Marina and set up on another one of these sandbar flats that has a deep drop on the edge. He's caught two 3 1/2-pounders and a 4-pounder, plus two more small ones. All of them were smallmouths.
Under that black jacket is Steve Bowman, intrepid content man for Bassmaster.com. Cliff Pace rolled by and asked if he was taking a nap. A Spectator asked if he needed a private moment.
Cliff Pace is fishing in the Whitehall Landing Marina. He has caught 4 fish in here in the 30 minutes we've been watching him. There's a fair amount of vegetation floating in amongst these big boats. Cliff is skipping his bait around the boats and under the the docks. He tells us he's focused on the largemouth. Some of the other finalists are running around a bit, but Cliff is sticking with the marinas for now.
Hear how the All-Star finalists are doing on the water today.