KVD boats a nice one in the final moments to close out his day.
Follow tournament leader Chris Zaldain as he fights to hang onto his lead on Day 3 on the Sacramento River.
We head out on the water with Ish Monroe on Day 3 as he tries to stay near the top of the leaderboard on the California Delta.
With the first flight due to check-in at 3:20, the second flight at 3:40, and a 1 1/2-hour boat ride ahead of them, most of the anglers are done for the day. It appears there will be about a 12- to 12 1/2-pound spread between first place and 12th place for Sunday's finale. Ish Monroe thinks any margin of 10 pounds or less can be easily overcome.
Check out Kevin VanDam and Keith Combs on Day 3 of the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River event!
Granted, these are estimated weights, but the battle for the final spot in Sunday's Top 12 is way too close to call. BASSTrakk currently shows Keith Combs in 12th place with 52-9. But there are five anglers within 1-9 of Combs. That list includes Chris Lane (52-3), Billy McCaghren and Randy Allen (51-8), Kevin VanDam (51-5) and Jordan Lee (51-0).
One thing to keep in mind in these waning moments of fishing time: on Day 3, the anglers are flighted out by their position in the standings. Guys like Zaldain are obviously in the first flight. The guys down the standings will have more of the good fishing tide today than the leaders. That could create some last-minute heroics and shake things up a bit.
In a tournament where a 12-pounder was caught on Day 1 and there have been numerous 7- and 8-pounders weighed-in, some little bitty bass are making a big difference as we close in on the final hours of Day 3. Aaron Martens landed a 1-pounder and a 1-7 to fill out his limit and move within ounces of leader Justin Lucas. Then Lucas finally caught his fifth keeper - a 3-pounder - to stretch his lead again.