It seems the magic time has arrived for Brent Chapman this morning. James Overstreet and I had seen several big bass thrashing the surface in the last 15 minutes. Right on cue, Chapman stuck a big one on a football head jig with UV Hawg trailer. The bass hit his jig on the fall, so as soon at Chapman tightened his line, the fight was on. And the fight was quite an adventure.
Tim Horton and his entourage just pulled in across the channel from Marty Robinson. This is where Horton caught the 9-pounder yesterday. We were on him when he hooked that fish and he told us he would only get one bite on that spot per day ... but it is always a quality fish. So, we are going to shoot across the channel and see if we can be there for the one bite. I don't think Marty is going anywhere any time soon.
Marty Robinson has caught seven keepers in the past hour.
Again, Robinson took three minutes to make a cast after he landed the last fish. He retied and is now moving toward the schoolers.
Robinson has slid up his structure a hair. Caught a small one that didn't help, casts back out and sets the hook again. This fish is a solid 3 pounds and will help him cull. A school of bass just broke the surface about 70 yards from his boat ... He's in a goooood spot.
Marty Robinson is culling already, and has a limit in the 12-pound range.
At 8:20 a.m., Brent Chapman put his belly on the boat deck and reached into the water to tie his boat to the top of a tree. Staying in one spot has paid off for him, as he's added two bass in the last 20 minutes — a small spotted bass and a 2 1/2-pound largemouth. That gives him four fish that should weigh around 10 1/2 pounds. The last one was caught on a jig. But bass have been breaking the surface near him occasionally, and he'll reel in quickly to fire out a topwater lure.
The fish catching has started to pick up at least for a couple of our anglers. 1. Brent Chapman is still in the lead. He has three fish at the moment, including a 5-pounder that gives him about 10 pounds total or in the neighborhood of 69 to 70 pounds. 2. Marty Robinson is in second with about four fish for 9 pounds, 8 ounces — 68.9 total 3. Cliff Pace still has one for 3 1/2 pounds or 63-6 total
Robinson piddles more than any other pro I've watched. After he catches one, he sits, redresses his jig, checks his livewell, whatever. Eventually, he gets back on the front deck for another cast. It was three minutes between when he landed that last fish and his follow-up cast.
We've got a very tight tournament on Toledo Bend going into the final round. Just 5 pounds separates the top seven anglers, so a lot of guys have a fighting chance out there. Do you know the lowest seeded angler going into Day Four who went on to win an Elite Series tournament? If you do, I'm impressed. If not, I'm here to tell you it was Todd Faircloth on Lake Amistad in 2008 ... but that was a strange situation and doesn't really compare to what we have today on Toledo Bend.