Follow tournament leader Cliff Pirch on the final day of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels event.
Just got rid of this little guy with one that is two times the size. Photo courtesy of Jim Valladares.
One big fish can turn the tides for any of these anglers in the Top 5, but right now Aaron Martens has put himself in the best spot with a limit worth about 18 pounds. It was a slow go at first for Martens, but he put quality in the boat with almost every hookset. Now he is culling up, trying to get to 20 pounds.
Casey Ashley has traveled to the south side of the lake. We found him fishing in a calm cove.
Evers just filled out his limit with a 2-pound smallie. "I gotta tell you a story about this fish!" he yelled. "I saw it jump two feet out of the water to eat a freakin' dragonfly! Then, I threw in there and it bit. That was awesome!!" Now with five bass in the 14-pound range, he is within striking distance of winning this derby.
Aaron Martens has one in the livewell that he thinks has a blackbird in its gullet. These black and yellow birds are nesting deep in the tules on the mats. "There are nests everywhere back in there. These fish are actually keying in on those birds." If we didn't see it happening we wouldn't believe it. Our camera boat driver Ed Shaver is a local of 20 years and hasn't heard of it being done on Havasu.
Takahiro Omori just dragged bass number four in the boat from deep in the tules. It was a 3-pounder. That gives him about 11 1/2 pounds. He's pitching a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver and punching any kind of shaded mats he can find.
After a 40-minute bumpy boat ride south, we found David Williams. He said he is having a good day. Not many bites, but the ones he had were good ones.