James Overstreet and I are finally back on Dean Rojas. It took a while, but we decided to stick with him because he has the best chance of still winning this tournament without catching a big one. He just caught his fifth keeper, which he estimated gives him 10 pounds. He's near the mouth of Housen Creek, close where we turned around and went back to the dam to trailer the boat. I'll provide more details soon.
This broken reel handle just cost Cliff Crochet a 3-pounder.
Tharp is now entering his second hour without landing a keeper, maybe longer. He's not giving up on this pocket, as he's now idling across it casually munching on a sandwich. Now it's back to the same ol', same ol': pitching a Texas-rigged Trigger X soft plastic with a punch skirt to holes and points in the grass.
Despite a long history at Toledo Bend, only one angler has won multiple B.A.S.S. events here — Dean Rojas, who took the 2011 Elite tournament and the 2001 Louisiana Bassmaster Top 150. With the biggest catch of Day 2 and more than a 2-pound lead going into the finals, Rojas is in position to win here for a third time. Only two anglers have won on the same venue three times or more: Shaw Grigsby (three wins on Sam Rayburn Reservoir) and Robert Lee (four wins on the California Delta).
Jared Lintner remains in the top 5 for the third day straight.
Jacob Powroznik catches a nice big one, maybe 8 pounds, off a bed after working on it for an hour. Photo and update by Bassmaster Marshal Elton Brock
Randall Tharp makes his first Championship Sunday as an Elite Rookie.
Watch Cliff Crochet as he makes his way to Championship Sunday.
Casey Ashley returns to the spot we found him at more than an hour ago. Offshore, he is targeting some humps in 10 feet of water slow-rolling a crankbait. He probably doesn't realize that if he gets one good bite he's in the driver's seat. He has to notice the new spectators though. Four boats surround him when there where none earlier. Jared Lintner heads south past Casey. Last I heard Jared is struggling with two fish. Head over to BASSTrakk and see if I'm wrong.