Hank Cherry has one in the livewell looking for number 2.
Matt Herren is fishing in some expensive real estate. He's been flipping the docks in front of two impressive mansions. The fish seem to like it there, too, he just caught a nice 3-pounder. This one did a lot of jumping; Matt stayed with him and eventually wrestled the bass into the boat. This gives him 9 pounds so far. "It's going to get good at noon!" he shouted. Yesterday Matt did most of his damage after the noon hour.
Jacob Wheeler's game plan for today is going just like he drew it up. This shallow spot in the Hiwassee River is one of the places he didn't fish yesterday - for a reason. He had so many observer boats yesterday - 30-plus, all day long - that he didn't want to chance one of those observers deciding to fish it after he left. He just caught his fifth keeper of the morning, and he just put all five of them on his scales. They weighed 17.30 pounds.
Despite having trolling motor issues, Matt Herren is fishing docks. He's using his big motor when he wants to move more than 30 or 40 feet, then the trolling motor appears to have enough juice for the smaller moves. This strategy worked; he just caught a 3-pounder. "That's what I call a good Sunday on the Tennessee River!" he hollered. When the crowd didn't have a big response, he admonished them. "Can't I get a little more enthusiasm for that?" Soon after, he landed a 1 1/4-pound bass.
Last blog post I noted the discharge began. We're far up the lake from the dam ... but. KVD has moved away from Lane. The honeymoon is over. The plastic rig is laying on the boat deck. He's out on the very edge of the main river channel. Cranking what looks like a Strike King 6XD. My slightly educated guess is that he's getting in position for the "fired up" mode of these bass.
Hite brings in keeper No. 3, what looks to be a 5-plus-pounder.
Matt Herren has run into issues with his trolling motor. "I've lost power in my trolling motor," he said. "It's barely turning. I'm just going to do the best I can." And with that, we're jetting north, following Matt.
Jacob Wheeler weighed only four fish yesterday, so he's already matched that at 8:20 a.m. today, and he's getting close to his Saturday weight of 16-2. He's got about 14 pounds now.
Here's the predicted current schedule from the TVA. As you can see the discharge began at 8 a.m. At Chickamauga Dam.