Chris Lane swung and missed on a fish as he worked by a piece of wood. He fished around but didn't get another sniff. Not long after that he was reeling his bait back in and a bass chased it to the boat. Lane quickly dropped his bait back down but the bass had left the building. Another 20 minutes passed and then Lane decided to make a run downriver. He stopped to fish the mouth of a familiar-looking cut. I'm sure we've been there at least once before.
A nice largemouth. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jeff Derrick
John Murray has been up and down and all around today, and heading south looks like it's paid off. Since moving here he's culled twice, including his biggest fish of the day. James Overstreet says John lost a big one down here as well. BASSTrakk has Murray at 10 pounds, but James and I both think he's got more than that, and will be a factor at the end of today. Photo by James Overstreet
Here's the formula for a Day 2 shakeup on the Elite Series leaderboard: 1) Lake Havasu, a lake where a 6-pounder is a game-changer, plus 2) a bunch of anglers separated by ounces, not pounds, below the Top 10. There were exactly 30 anglers within two pounds of each other from 11th place, where Stephen Browning and Alton Jones were tied with 16-11, and 40th place, where Mark Davis had 14-11.
It seems like we are in a dead period. It's been some time since we've seen anyone lay back on a fish, even a redear bream. It may have been like this yesterday at this time. But I can't be for certain. We did a lot more running around. I do know that yesterday afternoon the bite seemed to get better for virtually everyone. Yesterday at this time, Tharp had his weight and was running new water. He's still one shy now.
Mercer stuck on Pirch and had "absolutely nothing" to report since last time LIVE visited. That's not entirely true. Takahiro Omori was a football field away and he trailed Pirch on BASSTrakk. Just no fish catches.
John Murray had a productive morning on Lake Havasu.
It will be interesting to compare the numbers and weights of the bass caught yesterday and today. While some of the Day 1 leaders have struggled, especially the guys who are flipping and looking for five big bites, the rest of the field is whacking 'em.