Randy never found his big fish, and we are out of time. We leave him tirelessly hunting for her. It's time to get back to Palatka Riverfront and see if Chris Lane punches his ticket to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
Davy Hite caught his fifth keeper at 1:05. It fit with pretty much everything else in his livewell, which he described as "a box full of rats." Hite, half-jokingly, said he's moving "to the juice," as he cranked the big motor to get out of here.
Aaron Martens' streak of six consecutive appearances in the Elite finals ended with his 37th-place finish at the St. Johns. That ties him with Skeet Reese (2006-07) for the record.
Lane just boated another chunker in the 3-pound range. That should give him a pound upgrade.
Davy Hite shares what he's learned through the years from fishing in Florida on Day 4 of the Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River:
Well, we tried to leave. But Randy is making things interesting. Randy just caught a "bonus" fish. A good one, 4 pounder. "That's what the Senko will do for you. That ol' Senko is a baaaad dude." Randy says it's a good time of day and he's going to show us the 10 pounder he's chasing. I'm starting to believe him. Says he's trying to be like Mark Davis. Sitting real still and just spotting beds, and fishing very, very slow.
Photographer Darren Jacobson gets a visit from some pelicans on the water today on the St. Johns River:
Randy says he sees a big one. He drops to his knees, twitching the rod. He swings and misses. Unfortunately one that he thought was a large female turned out to be a gar. He catches another small one. He still sees something in this area that tells him a big one is a cast away. He's heading back to check on the big female he missed right when we arrived. We are going to head back to Dean Rojas before our time on the water comes to a close.
Lane just caught another chunker allowing him to cull one of his dinks. Because of the shallow area we can't close enough to verify weights. But we feel like he's moved into the 11-pound neighborhood. That's conservative. Either way, with each pound he's putting more pressure on those guys who need to catch 25 or more to catch him. No sooner typed and he catches one over 3. He may have right by the 12-pound neighborhood and into the 13-pound range. We will verify weights later.