Gary Klein boats his second fish of the morning. Video by Bassmaster marshal David Phoenix
Evers just made another move. He's now on the main river channel where we saw him do most of his damage yesterday. He has picked up the flipping stick and is going back to work with the short line. Yesterday, we noticed he would switch between two flipping setups. I asked him about the differences. "I have one rigged with a 3/4-ounce weight and the other with a 1 1/2-ounce weight," he said. Some areas of the tule-lined river banks have mats of dead tule stems. His heavy rig can bust through this mat.
Just got word from Steve Bowman, who is on the water following Edwin Evers today. He said his first largemouth keeper of the day was around 3 pounds, maybe even 3 1/4. Then his second fish of the day, the smallmouth on the frog, was probably 3 1/2 pounds. With that being said, Evers is certainly in contention today with two fish for 6 1/2 pounds right now.
Photo and video by Bassmaster marshal Zach Gruner
Gary Klein started the day in 11th place overall, but today he has two fish in the boat so far and has moved up to 7th place. His two fish are about 4 1/2 pounds unofficially according to BassTrakk. We have seen numerous anglers from the bottom of the Top 12 jump up faster than expected this morning. Local favorite Dean Rojas just boated his first keeper after hitting about half a dozen spots this morning. He has plenty of spots, watch for him possibly throughout the day.
Smallmouth on frogs are not common. That said, Evers just caught one between 3 and 4 pounds walking the hollow critter in just a couple feet of water. This second fish gives him maybe 6 1/2 pounds. Another bass just blew up on the frog, but missed.