At 8:50 a.m. Rick Clunn hooks up and boats his first fish on a Squarebill crankbait. It looks to be about 4 1/2 pounds.
John Crews is on his way. He just hooked up with a 6-pounder that produced a monumental battle. It got him hung up for second in one of the cedars, then came up and after taking Crews on a circle around his boat, he was able to get his hands on it. Four more like that, and he's jumping up the standings. Right now he has two for close to 10 pounds total.
The Texas sun is slowly starting to warm up this area but it is still much, much colder that is has been this whole tournament. Today high is only supposed to be somewhere in the low to mid 70s.
It's the first time Combs has made the finals anywhere other than the St. Johns.
Gary Klein just caught his first keeper of the day, flipping in wood. It's a 2-pounder, approximately. That's not going to win him the tournament, but at least he has something in the livewell. He was flipping a soft plastic bait when he caught the fish, but had been fishing a spinnerbait. When he went back to the soft plastic he got the fish. Klein is moving very methodically from one tree to the next.
John Crews is working a rounded point off the side of a creek. There are scattered Salt Cedars sticking up like whale bones and he is hitting each one of them by pitching a drop bait. It appears to be soft plastic, but the profile we are seeing it could easily be a jig as well.
I started out the day following Gary Klein and Cliff Crochet. They began the morning flipping in timber, within sight of each other. Then Klein made a short move to an area near Jason Christie. Shortly after that Christie took off. We are seeing lots of Pangas, the small fishing boats common in Mexico, running all over this morning.
Rick Clunn just mentioned that he has to relocate his fish. He is moving around his magical spot and cycling through several different baits. He started off with a crankbait and has now switched to a jig.
With a dust storm halting the action on the last day, we take a look back at what has made this tournament one for the books.
High winds on Falcon Lake Sunday morning, and a forecast that the winds will continue throughout the day, forced the postponement until Monday of the final day of the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam out of Zapata, Texas.