Update by Bassmaster Marshal Keith Rini
Fred Roumbanis remains in the No. 1 spot on the leaderboard at 11 a.m. Clifford Pirch and John Murray have been near the top all morning and remain there with 16-6 and 15-14, respectively. But there has been some shuffling below them. The weights are so tightly bunched and these are unofficial numbers, so make of them what you will. From 4th through 10th, here's the rest of the story: Zell Rowland, 15-12; Randall Tharp, 15-8; Edwin Evers, 15-6; Kevin VanDam, 14-8; Aaron Martens, 14-2; Justin Lucas, 14-1; and Kelly Jordon, 13-15.
Randy just landed this smallmouth that should go just over 3 pounds. The fish bit right at the boat and Randy flipped it in before it even knew it had been hooked. Most of the fight took place on the deck of the boat. Randy ended up winning the battle but not before the fish put a hook in his hand.
Randall Tharp pulled into the bay and quickly boated two bass off laydowns. He culled with the last bass and is guessing his weight around the 16-pound mark. He just boated another...this time it was a monster bluegill!
Looks to weigh about 3 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jim Valladares
Justin Lucas, coming off a win in Sacramento, is still hot. He has moved into 10th place in the unofficial standings with a limit weighing 13-4. Lucas, who turned 29 years old on May 1st, has earned a check in every B.A.S.S. event he's fished since he turned 28. That includes a 9th-place finish at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic in February and a 10th-place finish in the 2015 season opener at the Sabine River.
Kelly Jordon says he has about 14 pounds. He's caught a couple off beds and the rest flipping. He saw a "real big one" that he couldn't get to bite. That kicker would help vault him to the top of the leaderboard if he can figure out how to make it bite.