As expected we couldn't keep up with Lane going across the bumpy Lake George. We saw him shut down in front of us from a long way off. But before we could halfway to him he was up and running. But we did see Rojas. We are watching him for the moment. He says he has about 20 pounds, which is much lighter than what Basstrakk has for him. Hmmmm. Is about all you can say on that.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Danny Gathright.
After two day at the St. Johns, Elite rookie Justin Lucas ranks third in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. The last rookie to win AOY was Tim Horton in 2000. Lucas is the second youngest rookie in the field this year at 27. Brandon Lester is 25.
We've made it back out to the lake and it appears as if Lane is going to head toward Palatka. He didn't stop on a couple places he'd hit earlier. His cameraman has donned his helmet and rain suit. There are some raindrops falling in this area. We are no match to keep up with Lane, but we will do our best.
Video coverage of Alton Jones catching an 8-pound bass on Day 4 at St. Johns River.
Three-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Mark Davis leads the AOY race after three days on the St. Johns. Davis won the AOY title in 1995, 1998 and 2001. He last led the AOY race early in the 2008 season. If he wins AOY this year, he'll be the oldest champion in history at 50. Roland Martin was 45 when he won in 1985.
He's got a decent sack and it's my guess he wants to get closer to the lake and clear of the no wake and idle zones. We are idling now. Lane is about 200 yards in front of us. It doesn't take long before a water patrol agent waves him down. He must have been checking on how he did, because Lane quickly moves on. My heart sank a minute thinking he might be getting a ticket for some unseen violation. Then I remembered the officer from yesterday looking out for Lane.
Paul Elias has arrived at the bank on the St. Johns River which Davy Hite has had to himself all day. Based on BASSTrakk, Elias and several others are probably scrambling now. The more significant change is the weather, a southwest wind is kicking up whiitecaps as it blows into this bank and the cloud cover has returned. Hite caught that last 3-pounder on the bladed jig he has thrown periodically today. He just set the hook on another good-sized fish that came off right as he got it to the boat.
It's a credit to St. Johns that despite the fact Chris Lane has a 16-pound lead he's not convinced he's won yet. Terry Scroggins has repeatedly said "this place has 'em, and has them big." We saw that on Day 2 when Lane catapulted into the lead with a huge sack. The fishing time for most of these guys is an hour or less, so if miracles are going to happen they need to start.