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.
How close are Cliff Pirch and Takahiro Omori fishing to one another? Check out the photo. They're right on top of one another. We've heard words exchanged, but we haven't been able to tell if it was "Good morning" or something a little less friendly.
I just won $5 from Rick, our boat driver. He guaranteed Evers would catch a fish on a cutout point that had both tules and a laydown. No fish. Evers had a 4-pounder follow his frog, but he couldn't get it to bite. "I'd be doing good if I caught all the fish I've seen this morning," he shouts.
We are watching Aaron Martens fish, Bassmaster LIVE superstar Dave Mercer in action and Cliff Pirch catching one on the iPad — all at the same time. Isn't technology grand? No fish yet for The Hogsnatcher. Report by JD Blackburn Photo by Garrick Dixon
Takahiro Omori started Championship Sunday in 2nd place and he just boated his first keeper of the morning. It was about a 2 to 2 1/2 pounder according to Tak. It moves him unofficially into fourth right now.