I've been away from my phone for a while, following Mark Davis from the bank. In that time he's continued to wade through the small fish. And he's also boated another 3-pounder. That should easily put him in the 13 1/2 pound range, possibly as high as 14 pounds.
Kevin VanDam just caught his 5th keeper. He said it's a 3 pounder, his best of the day. He's fishing in a little cut right next to Anderson's Valley View Resort's boat dock.
After winning an Elite tournament in each of the first three seasons (2006-08), Mike McClelland has been in a drought. He hasn't won since March of 2008 on the Harris Chain. If he can hold on to win, he will join Kevin VanDam (6), Tommy Biffle (4), Todd Faircloth (4) and Skeet Reese (4) as the only anglers with four or more Elite wins. A strong comeback from Edwin Evers could also give him a fourth Elite win, but he has six pounds to make up. That makes him a long shot at Table Rock.
Kevin VanDam just added keeper number 4 to his livewell. It's another small one, around 1.25 pounds. He's moving again, back out to a point 100 yards away. It's shallow here, about 6 feet deep, and the wind has picked up. Kevin has three spectator boats following him today. Normally he'd have more, but the chilly temps are likely keeping some fans indoors.
Skeet Reese may not have made the Top 12 cut, but we've got some great footage from him coming soon. For all the GoPro footage from this week so far, click this link http://www.bassmaster.com/video/gopro-videos.
As Martens approached his big fish spot he caught fish — No. 4, about 2 1/2 pounds. He's still searching for big one.
Mike McClelland went through a lull after that initial flurry this morning, but he didn't move. He stayed in this cove near Kimberling City and is stroking them again. And once again he's having trouble finding keepers. He did add one, which gives him three for about 7 pounds. Everything he's caught has been on a 4 1/2-inch swimbait, but McClelland has just switched to one of his signature Spro McStick jerkbaits.
Martens made his first major move of the day — about 3 miles. He had an area he wanted fish today but found out KVD was hitting them hard there yesterday. So now he made a move to where he caught an 8-pounder on Monday. He is approaching the spot where he caught the giant.