Brent Chapman seems to be one of the most even-tempered pros in the Bassmaster Elite Series. But you wouldn't know that by the way he just exploded after missing a keeper just now.
Chapman is keeping his eyes on his depthfinder much of the time, making sure he's at the right depth as he drags his jig across the bottom. It's slow fishing.
Due to having copious amounts of photos of Edwin Evers, we've moved a tad farther toward the dam (or "darn" as my boat driver calls it - a bit of Midwest humor, he says) and found Kevin VanDam (VanDarn, perhaps, in these parts) throwing a crankbait. He just laid into a short fish. The astonishing thing is that his flotilla of followers has dwindled to three, as word spreads of other anglers' success. We're moving on now to find Todd Faircloth.
Aaron Martens may be finally figuring out a pattern for success on Lake Shelbyville. He moved across the lake from today's launch site about 11 a.m., then quickly caught a 2 1/2-pounder for his second fish of the day. "I had a depressing morning," Martens said. "I missed two just like that. I saw them." Martens did some research on his iPad last night. Using Google Maps, he found images of Lake Shelbyville when it was 7 feet lower than it is now.
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.