Early Bassmaster LIVE coverage also touched base with leader Michael Iaconelli. Mark Zona said Iaconelli can’t keep track of the giant school he was on top of earlier in the week. He’s nervous about his lead, and he’s still trying to get a handle on what the fish are doing.
Christie has a limit with a fifth fish weighing 2 pounds.
Skeet Reese is slowly, methodically putting together a solid day. He needed two casts to catch his fourth keeper. He moved to a different island from his last keeper, got a solid hit, but no hookup, then cast right back in the same spot and hooked up with a 2 1/2-pounder. That gives him about 12 pounds today.
This morning’s Bassmaster LIVE coverage of David Walker included a few tidbits about how he has caught fish during the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville. Mark Zona said David Walker has basically been blind sight fishing on Goose Pond. Walker will dead stick a lizard and weed through the males until a larger female bites.
Skeet Reese put bass No. 3 in the livewell at 7:52 a.m. It was a long, skinny fish that weighed about 2 1/2 pounds. He caught it while working his way around one of the islands in Seibold Creek. Reese said the swimbait he's throwing is a 7-inch Basstrix model. He's throwing it in places where you'd cast a spinnerbait, right next to the bank, amidst laydowns and any other type of cover and reeling it steadily back, without any additional action from his rod.
Walker just finished his limit with one pushing 4 pounds. That should give him about 12 pounds for the day, and the fish seem to be coming at a more rapid rate.
Keith Combs is on a tear right now. He just boated his fourth keeper and has 16 pounds right now. He is the unofficial leader, but he started the day 6 pounds and 9 ounces behind Mike Iaconelli. You have to believe that Iaconelli, Reese and others will catch 15-20 pounds, but if Combs keeps this up it will be interesting.
Walker is fishing the end of a long ridge where it tapers off into slightly deeper water and meets up with a sandy spot before flattening out. This is where he caught his big fish yesterday. Most of this area is shallow with a lot of small features like the one above. Walker is being very specific on hitting these little hidden gems. There's not much just casting and fishing. It's all targets and thorough casting.