Short has a slow morning going on. Has three fish in livewell, which he wants to get rid of as the day goes on. When he find out about this sunny and no wind situation going on this morning, he was a little excited. He thinks it will help him catch some jive later on. He is fishing grass patches off the shoreline. Most of them are located on west side of the lake.
It's that time of year again — time to list the top-notch anglers who will not qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic and shake our heads in collective wonder about what happened. Of course, any such list has to begin with Kevin VanDam. After 24 consecutive Classic appearances (second only to Rick Clunn's 28 straight), it's hard to believe the run is over, but it seems to be. Only a miracle will save KVD now.
Palaniuk just got his fifth fish in the boat. His limit consists of three smallmouth and two largemouth, which as a group weigh just shy of 10 pounds. They're not the same size he's been catching, but the wind and weather may have something to do with that. "The wind is blowing differently today; it's changing things," he said. If Palaniuk's fish are feeling the effects of the wind, Zaldain and Faircloth's are, too.
Rojas back at the dock for a new battery. This was a planned thing, so it is not getting him down. Photo taken by Marshal Scott DeVault
According to BASSTrakk, Jared Lintner, Todd Faircloth and Jacob Powroznik are the only anglers that have limits so far. With that being said, Greg Hackney is outpacing everyone else with just four fish. Steve Wright just told us that Hackney swung his third and fourth keepers in the boat and he has more than 16 pounds. Sounds like Hackney is sticking to his plan and figuring out how to get the big bites. He only weighed in four fish yesterday, but for more than 17 pounds. It's impressive how focused he has been and determined to take the AOY crown ... as well as this tournament.
Greg Hackney has suddenly caught a five-bass limit with nothing smaller than 3 pounds and at least three fish over 4 pounds. No. 5 came at8:20. It gives him close to 20 pounds for the day. "I CAN catch five here," said Hackney, in reference to the fact that he finished one shy of a limit yesterday.
He told me yesterday when I left him that he caught about 15 more fish. So I told him that maybe I should leave? He was laughing. Soon after he hooks a fish as I was typing my last blog post, and my boat driver rick said, "fish!" Lintner was fighting the fish — a solid 3-pounder. He culled a 2-pounder with that. He added 1 pound to his total.
He is fishing the same part of the lake with Faircloth and Zaldain. But he is fishing different from these two. He has a nice limit of fish including one over 6 pounds. Lintner has about 15 pounds so far this morning. Little easier to fish without wind.
The flurry seen earlier (and currently on the homepage) has subsided as the sun came up. We've seen a few catches since those photos, but the pace has slowed. Todd Faircloth is sitting on about 12 pounds, and according to BASSTrakk that gives him a 3-pound edge over a surging Jared Lintner. We can see Jared and Brandon Palaniuk in the distance. This is clearly the honey hole of this tournament.