Chris Lane just finished his limit. As soon as he put it in the boat, he started yelling "chunker." That's code for solid keeper. He said it was 2 1/2 pounds. That should put him in the 9- pound category. With some dinks in the boat, one big one and a few more chunkers would start making it difficult to catch him.
Mark Davis hooks up with a nice 2.5 to 3 pounder. He shows it off the camera operator in his boat and he's right back to casting. It's getting brighter and maybe the bite is turning on. The only two left in this area are Davis and Paul Elias. We've seen Elias swing and miss a few times. Davis is throwing a worm with a slit tail on it.
No angler has ever reached the 100-pound mark (four-day event and five-bass limit) at the St. Johns River. Chris Lane needs just 1-4 to exceed the heaviest catch ever recorded at the St. Johns in the 4-day/5-bass limit era. That record (77-1) was set by Edwin Evers in 2011. If Lane breaks the 100-pound mark, the St. Johns River becomes the eighth venue to produce a Century Club entry. The others are Falcon Lake, Clear Lake, Lake Amistad, Santee Cooper, Lake Guntersville, the Kissimmee Chain and Lake Okeechobee.
In the span of three casts, Lane boats a dink, then hooks up with what appeared to be a much bigger fish. The big one, though, shook off in the heavy lily pads. He was obviously upset, but just for a moment. He looked across to his spectators and told a young boy, "you've got to shake those off." Whether Lane has shook off the list fish or not no one knows. But he's back to dobbing his worm. "I've got all day," he says to no one in particular.
Todd Faircloth just pulled up near where Keith Combs was. Faircloth was south of us and did a short run to get here. There's a rotation going on, or people are realizing the point that was full of fish the last three days isn't producing. Todd is staying further away from Paul Elias so we may not get to hear another conversation. Like the anglers, we may be picking up and moving here soon as well.
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Combs returns, and is sharing water with Paul Elias. They are talking. It appears to be a discussion on who's water they are currently sharing and no consensus was reached as to who has a right to be here. They are drifting closer so this may get interesting. Combs has decided to leave. Perhaps Paul Elias was persuasive? Or everyone is searching for any kind of bite and haven't found it yet.