Evers' streak continues, but the last fish he caught was a striper. It put up a mighty and dramatic fight, though. He's moved offshore and is dragging either a football jig, Texas rig or Carolina rig, which my boat driver Joe Cupp says is usually productive. In typical Evers fashion, though, he's always moving.
Aaron Martens may be finally figuring out a pattern for success on Lake Shelbyville. He moved across the lake from today's launch site about 11 a.m., then quickly caught a 2 1/2-pounder for his second fish of the day. "I had a depressing morning," Martens said. "I missed two just like that. I saw them." Martens did some research on his iPad last night. Using Google Maps, he found images of Lake Shelbyville when it was 7 feet lower than it is now.
The Elites are at it again on tough Lake Shelbyville.
It's as certain as the sun rising in the morning: Ask Gerald Swindle a question and you'll get a memorable answer. As we were leaving Ott DeFoe in the back of Possum Creek, we saw Swindle fishing his way into it and decided to check in with the G-Man. "Let me tell you something," he said, "I've been to a lot of good lakes, and this lake doesn't have anything in common with a son-of-a-bitching one of them. Blog that!" Okay.
Bassmaster photographer Seigo Saito texted me a minute ago that Edwin Evers has boated his third bass of the day already. Evers, the leader on Day 1, caught one just under 2 pounds in a pocket by the launch site just minutes after takeoff. He boated a 1-pounder at about 9 a.m. And a 2 1/2 a half-hour later, Seigo said. Evers is running pockets along the lakeshore. Whatever he's doing is working.
We don't know how many bass Randy Howell has caught today, but we do know he has a fish.
Even in a season as good as Ott DeFoe's had, he may have just put on the most impressive performance of his career - catching fish with Mark Zona in his boat. That just doesn't happen. Defying the odds, DeFoe just weeded through four non-keepers to land another small keeper - all on consecutive casts with a crankbait. There were plenty of witnesses. Possum Creek continues to pile up with spectators boats anxious to watch the Ott DeFoe show.