Keith Combs said we're in the same spot where he caught them the first day. Water is not moving like it was then. He said he'll give this area about an hour. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Jason Sena
Just a bunch of 2-pounders being caught right now. No big fish yet, but roughly eight anglers have boated a keeper this morning. I just got word that Justin Lucas just boated a fish. Not sure of the size yet, but it was a keeper for the Day 3 leader.
Bobby and Chris Lane grew up in central Florida, about as far away as you can get from the California Delta in the continental U.S. But they've felt right at home this week, as evidenced by both brothers making today's Top 12 cut, Bobby in fifth place and Chris in 12th. "This reminds me exactly of (Lake) Okeechobee," Bobby said prior to takeoff today. "Me and Chris grew up about two hours from there. The mass of vegetation and the different types of fishing you can do, this definitely reminds me of Okeechobee."
Consistency is so important in this sport. It's a "what have you done lately" mentality and it doesn't just last event to event, it lasts day to day and at times hour to hour. Making Top 12s is no easy feat, and three anglers fishing today had their chances at Guntersville as well. Dean Rojas, Jason Christie and Keith Combs were all in action on Championship Sunday at Lake Guntersville. Rojas started the day in fourth, Christie in eighth and Combs in 11th.
Tim Horton had a great Day 3 and that has him fishing on Sunday. Horton started the final day in 8th place and he is the first angler to boat a keeper so far. He has a small 12-inch keeper in the livewell for now.
Ken Iyobe boated the second keeper of the morning, his first, and it was about a 2 1/2 pounder. He is in 7th and started the day about 8 pounds behind. Aaron Martens who started the morning in second place has boated a three pounder early on. He is unofficially tied with Lucas. Justin Lucas came in with a three-pound cushion which is easily overcome on this body of water. No doubt that to have a shot at winning, anglers will need 20 pounds.
We've made it to Sherman Lakes where Justin Lucas is fishing. It was a bumpy ride over 3-footers. I'm sure everyone had some of that. I just don't know if it will last all day. If it does that could affect ride times on the way home. Meanwhile the water here is trashed. We've not found Lucas here yet, but we've not found any water that doesn't look like chocolate milk either.