Chris Lane just relocated back to where he caught his two keepers. Lane didn't "drift," but instead used the trolling motor to fish about a mile stretch. Then he picked up shop and started fishing again. He just hooked up and boated a solid 3-pounder. He now has three fish for roughly 10 pounds.
As you'll see if you're watching BASSTrakk, Todd Faircloth is on 'em early today. We've seen all of his catches, including his latest cull. His last catch, he hooked up three times before finally pulling in a fish. Faircloth took the time to eye measure the new fish along side another smallie, and he told us the cull helped him 'a little.'
Aaron Martens switched over to a swimbait and put the dropshot down for a bit. In 15 minutes he's had three bites and hooked up with one that went about 3 1/2 pounds and made for Aaron's first keeper of the day. "Ooohhhh ho ho, this is my favorite way to catch them. I hope they start biting the swimbait. I mean they're already biting the swimbait, but I hope they keep biting the swimbait. It's my favorite way to catch them.
It's not cold, but I'm in full head gear trying to cover Aaron Martens. If there's an orifice open out here it will soon be clogged with roughly a million little bugs. No wind means these bugs have free reign. Not cool.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Randy Wilson
Currently Todd Faircloth is sitting at 40 in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. Though the cut line for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic is still a moving target, his hop up to second place on Saturday has helped improve his chances. My question about the Classic cut led to a discussion of Opens winners and other 'what ifs' between Steve Bowman and our boat driver, an Opens angler.
James Elam just bailed out of the hotspot that he and Brandon Palaniuk have shared the previous three days. He went north toward the Blue Water Bridge. Palaniuk is staying for now, but he doesn't have a bass in the boat yet.
Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Bryan Hanson