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.
Note: Hank Weldon reports that Evers' Marshal accidentally entered "3" instead of "1" in BASSTrakk.
We managed to find Skeet Reese tucked into a hidden slough near the launch at Eagle Creek State Park. He's fishing parallel to emerging vegetation with a white buzzbait and just missed a good keeper. He estimated its weight at around 3 pounds. After pausing to put on his rainsuit he went back to work, making a second tour along the banks on both sides of the cove. Intermittent rains are predicted throughout the day. Maybe the cloud cover will improve the bite today.