Casey Ashley just landed number 4. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jeff Wells
After 6 quick catches John Crews just culled his first fish. As I am typing he has hooked up again....another small one.
We've spent the whole morning without a lick of cell service following Todd Faircloth. We just got into service and for a quick update, Faircloth has at least 21 pounds in the Livewell. It could me a pound or more better than that. But when you get into that type of average 4-pounds or better it gets hard to estimate from a distance. Faircloth is fishing a long way off. And has a big area pretty much to himself. Paul Elias is close, but that's about it.
We left Jacob Powroznik and moved back to Aaron Martens, who says he now has four bass that weigh about 15 pounds. "A 5 (pounder) and a 6 would be awesome right now," Martens said. He's been frustrated by missing several bites. He switched from braided line with an 8-pound fluorocarbon leader to straight 6-pound test fluorocarbon and thinks that may have helped. Just like Powroznik mentioned earlier, Martens said, "It's fixing to get good. The last hour, hour-and-a-half is best."
Only six anglers have a mathematical chance to win AOY: Greg Hackney (664 points), Aaron Martens (649), Todd Faircloth (647), Jacob Powroznik (623), Keith Combs (623) and Mark Davis (618). Greg Hackney - finished second (behind Gerald Swindle) in 2004; also second in FLW AOY that year - would be first Louisiana resident to win AOY
Jacob Powroznik just caught his fifth keeper, a smallmouth weighing about 3 3/4 pounds. I asked him how much total weight he had now. He said, "I've got two 5 1/2s, a 5, and two 3 3/4s." So I got to adding that up and told Powroznik that I got 23 1/2 pounds. "I've probably got 22-something," he said.