Toledo Bend offers its challenges in a lot of ways. From an angling standpoint, more than 180,000 acres that swell up and bounce at even the slightest wind is just the beginning.
We are starting the day with Marty Robinson. He is farther north than any of the other competitors, fishing the mouth of a creek north of San Miguel. He's casting what appears to be a jig, crawling it along the bottom of a 10-feet deep flat. He just set the hook on his first bass of the day ... A small keeper maybe going A pound and a half.
As the leader going into the final day of the Toledo Bend Battle, Brent Chapman has drawn a crowd. James Overstreet and I are among 33 boats filled with interested observers. Fortunately for Chapman, everyone is giving him plenty of room in this area where he's caught most of his fish this week. It's less than a five-minute boat ride south of Cypress Bend Park.
We don't know whether this is a harbinger of great things to come or quite the opposite, after hearing so many of the pros talk about having a difficult practice on Toledo Bend. Today's conditions are overcast, slightly foggy and really muggy. Not exactly, the type things you build a post card with, but it is much closer to the weather these guys had during their practice period.
Waiting with Mark Zona and Dennis Tietje for Brent Chapman to set up and go on this all important first hour of fishing. He rolls in at 6:34 and tosses out some buoys as we look for an opportunity to toss Zona in the boat with him. The wind is from the southwest for the first time this tournament. Dennis says that may bode well for Chapman as it should push some bait onto his target spots. We are about to see.
Day Four of the Toledo Bend Battle begins. The 12 finalists are on the water now. Brent Chapman remains in the lead, with Marty Robinson in second place by 1 pound, 5 ounces. We'll be covering it live all day today. Some of our reports may be delayed a bit because of lack of cell service at Toledo Bend. But check back often. War Room coverage begins at 9:00 Central.
Check out the action from Toledo Bend during Day Three
The field narrows to 12 for the final day of competition on Toledo Bend!
See candid shots of the anglers and fans at Day Three
On Saturday, Brent Chapman returned to the school of bass that produced 25 1/2 pounds for him early Friday.