For the final two hours of today's Bassmaster LIVE coverage of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, two world-famous Elites will comment along with Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona. On now is Chris Lane, and Kevin VanDam will join the broadcast at 11 a.m. CT.
Greg Vinson is using a Megabass Shiner with a pattern painted by a friend. One hit it and knocked it sideways while he was talking to us. "They know they're not supposed to, but they just can't resist it," said a very relaxed Vinson. "That's like me with fries," retorted Davy Hite. "I know I'm not supposed to, but I just can't stop myself." The pair laughed.
Skeet Reese caught his second fish in Town Creek, but this one didn't help him. He put it on a balance beam with the smallest fish in his livewell and the beam stayed dead even. "Come ON!" he said in disbelief. However, Reese is anything but upset right now. He just told us the last fish we were calling a 4-pounder was actually a 5-pounder. And Skeet just caught his third fish in Town Creek. This one did help him cull up another quarter-pound or so.
There was finally some screaming from Michael Iaconelli's boat, but it wasn't because he caught a fish. "I'm white-flagging it, boys," Iaconelli yelled as he strapped his trolling motor down and prepared to finally leave Seibold. "I surrender." The decision to leave came at 10 a.m. We'll see if he's right about this like he has been about everything else this week.
Skeet Reese made a move from Seibold to Town Creek about 30 minutes ago. Other anglers were on the first place he wanted to stop, but that didn't keep him from making this a good move. He just caught a 4-plus pounder that allowed him to cull up about 2 pounds.
David Walker just caught a nice 3 1/2 pounder. He's currently culling one of his small ones and should gain another pound or two on his total. It's a grind in Goose Pond. This new fish has a tag in it, so Walker may be getting a little reward out of this cull too.
Michael Iaconelli has done a lot of bouncing around the past hour as he looks for his second keeper. Since he's such an up-tempo guy, it's hard to tell if he's getting antsy or just running and gunning by design. Either way, he's got some catching up to do as BASSTrakk now has him unofficially in eighth place, more than 11 pounds out of the lead.
David Walker likes it here. We knew he wasn't going far when he didn't even stow his trolling motor during his last jump. We figure he's been fishing here all four days, why stop now? I also saw my first goose, which is good. This place isn't a pond, but it does have geese.