If you're watching Bassmaster LIVE, you might think the catch-rate on Lake Havasu today is down significantly over windy Day 1. But that is absolutely not the case. When spread out over the 112-angler field, we're getting fish catches from Marshals at the rate of about one per minute, just like it was all day yesterday.
Mark Zona told the Bassmaster LIVE viewers to look closely at the fish during the weigh-ins. The color gives away where those fish were caught. "You can instantly tell by the color if they were caught fishing shallow or deep," he said. The golder, darker colored fish came from shallower water and the paler ones were 10 feet or deeper.
The catches for Edwin Evers are coming just as he said they did Thursday - randomly. He obviously doesn't have one spot where he can put together a good limit and then look to cull. He's just picking up one here and one there. He's up to three now with the 2-pounder he just landed.
A nice smallmouth for Stephen Kennedy. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Ron Rupp
Just 15 minutes after landing his second keeper, Edwin Evers had a chance to add a kicker. But after hooking the fish for a moment, it pulled loose. "That was a big one," Evers said. "I saw it swim out. It was a 5-pounder." He finished the exchange with me and Shaye Baker by saying, "That's all right." It was hard to tell if he was reassuring us or himself.
The current is getting bullish on the main body of the Colorado River as we try to stay on Edwin Evers. We're using the trolling motor on high and barely moving forward. Evers has his Power Poles down as he works a shallow stretch of shoreline. Our boat driver, Danny Locatis, says it's a regular thing on Fridays as water is released from dams up above Lake Havasu and held for irrigation purposes south of here.
"It's a good thing when four-pounders are swimming around." Tharp had been working down the bank, which changed from tules to more mixed brush and steeper clay bank. He saw a nice bass cruising but it wasn't in the eating mood apparently, nor was it on a bed. There's some nice depth along the bank. Tharp has switched from braid away from the tules and I can see the fluoro glowing as his lure sinks a foot or two before hitting bottom. He picks it apart quickly before getting back to the tule section.