OK, you've seen that Toledo Bend ranks last among 2012 Elite venues in bassing average and right in the middle when it comes to average bass weight. Those are two pretty useful stats when it comes to evaluating a fishery's production during a tournament, but there's one more stat that does a better job of showing the big picture — average daily catch.
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As noted earlier, Toledo Bend ranks last in bassing average among the 2012 Elite Series venues. So, how does it do on average bass weight? It's right in the middle, though the overall numbers here might surprise you. The average bass weighed in at Toledo Bend this week was 2.6922 pounds (about 2-11). That's third among 2012 venues.
Brent Chapman is rolling with a 4-pound, 9-ounce lead over Marty Robinson.
Pace's school has quit biting. It's been interesting to watch these guys fish Toledo Bend and it's obvious why the pros had such a tough practice here. Not only do you have to locate a small spot holding a school of fish on this huge body of water, but you also have to be on the school at the exact time they decide to bite. We know Cliff is casting to a wad of fish; he proved it by catching four bass in about as many casts. However, he hasn't gotten a bite now in 20 minutes.
Brent Chapman's last move continues to pay off. He just caught a 2 3/4-pounder on a spoon, which allowed him to cull up to 19 pounds. And he added another bass shortly after, but this one didn't help him. Chapman may have fired up a school of bass here. As I'm writing this, Chapman just had another bite on the spoon. And Chapman is doing all this while talking to the Bassmaster crew back in the War Room.
While the leaderboard gets its customary final-round shakeup, I'm back in the lab (home office) looking at the stats. If you're wondering how Toledo Bend is stacking up against the other Elite Series venues from 2012, it's on the middle to low side in terms of production.
Brent Chapman didn't have another bite after landing that 6-pounder. The bright sunshine that replaced overcast skies shortly afterward brought surface activity to a halt. So Chapman made a move. It wasn't a long one — he simply idled across the boat trail from where he'd spent the morning. The move immediately paid off with a bass that allowed him to cull the small spotted bass in his livewell. It probably gave him another 1/2-pound to put his total around 17 pounds.
After moving to a new spot, Cliff Pace lands a 3-pounder, then a 4-pounder.
We found Pace. He has moved from his starting spot near launch to a ridge off the main channel just 2 miles south. It looks like he's throwing a jig and using what appears to be a statue retrieve ... just standing there ... waiting for a bite. He's certainly fishing slower than any other competitor we've seen.