We've just witnessed our first fish catch; unfortunately for Edwin Evers, it was short. But it was a bass!
Everything around here seems to have a connection to Abraham Lincoln or the Chicago Bears.
Since moving, Todd Faircloth has seen no action.
Ott DeFoe had to weed through three non-keepers in Possum Creek before finding a keeper, and it was just barely that. "He made it by the hair on his chin," said DeFoe, after making certain it met the 14-inch minimum.. That gives him four fish in the livewell and about 11 pounds total. "That was by far the smallest one," DeFoe said.
In a format like we have here at All-Star Week it makes sense that the guys who always seem to catch ‘em — the guys with the highest bassing averages — will have an advantage.
Faircloth is idling toward the front of the creek after not so much as a nibble. He's taking his time on his way out, stretching and chatting with his Marshal.
Gerald Swindle boats his first keeper of Day One.
We have moved from Brent Chapman to Ott DeFoe, who BassTrakk currently shows leading on Day One. DeFoe was moving out of Coon Creek and into Possum Creek as we met him. This is the fishiest-looking spot we've seen so far on Lake Shelbyville. The banks are lined with vegetation and there are lots of dead trees sticking from the water. Plenty of targets. DeFoe is methodically working through them with a crankbait. He's caught two non-keepers, which is the most action we've seen so far.
"All the smart fish have stopped biting," complained Aaron Martens. He's managed to catch seven dumb ones so far, including two keepers totaling 2 1/2 pounds. He said a combination of weather -- a cold front came through a couple of days ago -- and boat traffic have made the fish play hard to get. Martens missed a good fish at the bridge a minute ago. The bite occurred where he caught a 4 1/2 in practice. "I don't know if this was a bass, but it was big," he said.