I got on Jared Lintner's Skeeter and despite his substantial limit, he's not pleased. "Well, I've got one big one (6 1/4) and a few swimmers," he said. "I'm tripping out, man. There are fish swimming all over this place. I saw three bass in practice and now they're everywhere!" Lintner's marshal, Al Volpini, says that this is a very good and somewhat popular area called Red Creek. As we're cruising, we've seen a dozen or so bass just loitering in and around the grass, some weighing 4 pounds.
Todd Faircloth remains consistent on Day 3 and takes advantage of Greg Hackney's stumble.
Edwin Evers is probably fishing the farthest spot from the takeoff. He thought this weather would help his fishing but he is now having a tough day. He said he may be running out of fish. He is now searching for his No. 4.
This morning at boat dock, I told Greg Hackney that I was assigned to cover other guys on the water and asked him to catch a 5-pounder for me when I got to him at one point during the day. Well, after covering the northern part of the lake earlier, I finally got to Hackney. Guess what Hackney did for me?! He caught 5-pounder!!!!
We've seen Todd Faircloth grinding away at an area not too far from where he started. He's culled at least once and we think he has about 17 pounds. One more big cull and this gets interesting, two more and he may need to make some space on his mantle. For a while, he had a nice audience including two fans on a nearby dock. Everyone's left him now, except us. It's "Chamber of Commerce" weather right now, bright with very little wind compared to yesterday.
It had been over two hours since Greg Hackney caught his fifth fish before No. 6 finally bit. It was worth the wait. Hackney guessed that he culled up "about a pound-and-a-half" with 4 1/2-pounder replacing a 3-pounder. So how much weight does he think he has? "Time will tell," said Hackney with a smile. We think he's got at least 20 1/2 pounds, maybe 21.
Update from Matt Herren's marshal: Herren just put fish No. 4 and 5 in the boat. Not giants but solid keepers. Time to upgrade. His methodical but efficient approach with a flipping stick is impressive to watch.