We’ve arrived at the dam and found Keith Combs and Kota Kiriyama. So far neither are blowing the doors off. Rick Clunn, however, is blowing the whole house down. He apparently has 31-12 pounds already this morning. We’re en route at the moment, but first are stopping on Morizo Shimizu, who made a hard charge yesterday with 27 pounds and change. He appears to be culling as we’re pulling up. He’ll need another stellar day if he is to fish tomorrow. He’s up near the bank fishing in trees, which was the hot bite yesterday.
Crochet has put his second keeper in the boat. All together close to 8 pounds it appears. Crochet spent some time wondering out loud about the dropping water, the mood of the fish, those type things. But eventually opted for the "slow and steady" approach. He gives himself that advice every once in a while. If he follows it, it looks like he's here for the long haul.
Against his better judgement, Rick Clunn made a final cast to one spot Friday - a place where he'd caught four 5-pounders on four casts around 10 a.m. That gave him a limit of 5-pounders in the livewell, and he thought it would be better to save the spot for Saturday rather than beat it up anymore. "I almost didn't make another cast," Clunn said. "I thought I was going to hurt myself if I did." But he did make one more cast, and it produced an 8-pound, 14-ounce bass.
Dennis Tietje pulled up a few minutes ago about 200 yards from Crochet. They are virtually doing the same thing. I can only imagine what it's like casting to this target-rich environment thinking every cast could yield a giant. That's some pretty cool fishing right there. But now that I'm in the middle of these two, its borderline maddening. One is to my left, the other to my right. I'm trying to be in the right position to get a shot if either sets the hook.
Darrell Garza would rather be fishing Falcon Lake this week, but he's having some fun as a camera boat driver for Steve Bowman. That's Garza's iPhone photo of Cliff Crochet landing the 4-pounder earlier this morning - the shot where the bass is visible over the top of the outboard motor, framed by Bowman's orange shirt.