Still no fish yet for Brent Chapman. He's going down the bank in a leisurely fashion, alternating casts between a Top Shelf swimbait and a crawdad-colored Wiggle Wart. A quick move across the cove and he's doing more of the same as the sun gets higher and the breeze starts to pick up slightly.
Photographer James Overstreet and I finally found Britt Myers in the thick fog hovering over East Sugarloaf Creek at 7:30 and he already has a limit in the boat, estimated to weigh about 13 pounds.
There's not a whole lot taking place in this first hour of the final day. We know Palaniuk is at his spot. He got there in time for the fog to roll in. We know he has one keeper, but expect it to be a small one. Poche has a couple of keepers as well. But overall reports are down. That always happens on Sunday. We cut from 50 to 12, so sheer numbers dictate a drop off in catches. Just like Saturday, we are without our BASSTrakk units and are surviving on texts from Marshals, camera boat operators and cameramen.
Keith Poche boats his first fish of Day Four.
Brent Chapman is fishing a rock outcropping within sight of the launch.
Palaniuk, a Federation Nation Angler, who clawed his way into the Elites through the bass fishing clubs and has stayed there by exemplifying the highest tenants of professionalism the last two seasons will likely win this event.
The flippin' technique was born on the California Delta but was introduced to the rest of the world when its inventor, Dee Thomas, won the 1975 Arkansas Invitational on Bull Shoals Reservoir. It was the first BASS event ever held on Bull Shoals.
Clark Reehm was the unlucky Elite in 13th place after Day Three. The field narrows to 12 for the final day of fishing Sunday.
Go behind the scenes on Day Three of the 2012 Elite Series TroKar Quest.
Brandon Palaniuk has been relentless in his pursuit of a win during the Elite Series TroKar Quest on Bull Shoals Lake, and he isn’t holding anything back, even though he has almost a 13-pound lead over his nearest rival.