The southwest wind blowing into the eastern shore of Lake George has sent not only Randy Howell, but Mark Davis as well to the west. They're about 100 yards apart, but a mile or so north of where Howell caught all his fish the previous two days. Randy Howell has always been one of my favorite guys on this tour. After that boat ride back and forth across the whitecaps, I may reconsider. Seriously, Howell isn't happy with the water clarity here either. He's going to fish this spot quickly.
This fish allowed Jones to cull again putting him over 20 pounds today. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Glynn Webber
Lane just boated another 3-pound class fish. My count he has two 3s, two 2s and an 8 plus. Add the plus and a few extra ounces, I'm saying he's in the 19-pound neighborhood. That may be enough to keep his lead, but we are certain Lane is hungry for the 30-pound neighborhood. Meanwhile, everyone has virtually cleared out, leaving Seigo and me as the only neighborhood watch.
Davis just made a big move across the lake. We are now in the Sliver Glen area.
Randy Howell left his spot on the east side of Lake George and was headed north before the rough water made him reverse course. The southwest wind seems to be picking up strength and is creating some whitecaps on Lake George. Howell came back to the east side, but in a different place than he was fishing before. We can see Alton Jones offshore. As he got on the trolling motor, Howell saw a big bass, but it wasn't on a bed. He's flipping a mat now. Randy needs one of those St. Johns River giants to get him right today.
Dean Rojas is picking apart a section of grassbeds on the north end of Lake George, pitching a tiny soft bait on a fairly heavy weight. The technique just netted him a keeper that was close enough to compare to the smallest fish in his limit. It wasn't possible to tell whether he culled with the new one or not. If so, it couldn't have helped him much. BASSTrakk has him at 7th with 55-5.
In the last 20 minutes or so Lane has culled twice. Nothing huge, but ounces and half pounds. He's slowly massing a decent stringer, but closer to his Day 1 weight of about 18 than the huge sack of yesterday.
Paul Elias worked his way north towards Alton Jones. He just ran back to the area he and Davis have concentrated on all day. He lowered the trolling motor and made one cast. He hooked up a cull fish it appears. He is well inside from us so it's difficult to tell even with a 420mm lens. Davis is continuing south as the wind increases.
Dean Rojas just caught a keeper that weighs an estimated 7 pounds. Photo by Marshal Erik Walasek