I can only imagine what it must be like on the main lake. The wind is howling. We are mostly protected. But even then it's hard to keep our flatbottom in place. Evers just caught another short fish. This one he let have it for a long time, and then didn't pile drive him. He's switched to a medium-heavy rod and trying to adjust for the missed fish. It will be interesting to see if it works. As soon as I type that he gingerly sets the hook and boats a 3-pounder. It could be on.
Although Evers has two in the boat, he should have had a limit by now. In the last few minutes he's missed a couple more. He's not totally flustered at the moment but the missed bites do bring out a little angst each time. He needs to start getting a hook into a few of them. From experience, this kind of fishing gets better as the day progresses.
Gerald Swindle has been unusually quiet this morning, while trying to coax a keeper-size bass from Lake Decatur. Swindle is well-known for being the bass angling equivalent of those old E.F. Hutton television commercials: When Gerald Swindle speaks, everybody listens. We just heard the roar of a motorcycle in the distance, and Swindle couldn't help but comment. "There goes an organ-donor," he said. "Somebody's just waiting for a car to pull out in front of him." Swindle's simply biding his time right now.
Ott DeFoe just boated his first keeper, which he estimates at 2 1/4 pounds. It came off a riprap bank and ate a chartreuse-and-black crankbait. Scratching out a limit is definitely proving more difficult than he imagined. However, DeFoe can grind it out with the best of them.
Aaron Martens made a move to the other side of the lake where you almost do not feel any wind. A big change to where he was fishing before that had a strong wind. He's still got three fish.
Gerald Swindle just landed the first thing that would have met the 14-inch minimum length limit on Lake Decatur, but it was an inanimate object - a long black piece of cloth, in other words, a rag. Swindle has continued to work the various boat docks along the west bank of Basin No. 3, across the lake from the Decatur Country Club. Fishing conditions are not good: Swindle's got two dogs barking practically in his face from a boat dock.
Aaron Martens attracts local onlookers while fishing for a lunker to add to his livewell.
Evers has boated his second keeper, this one straight across the creek from where he lost the big one. He had another bite before that and missed, but this is the first time he's had a flurry all morning. He has two in the box for about 3 pounds total.
Evers just missed one that made his knees crumble. He set the hook and pulled the fish to the top of the water. From our vantage point, it appeared to be 3-plus. They are just nipping at it, like a bream bite," he said. "I've not had a good bite yet." The good thing is he appears to have plenty of water and more targets to hit than he will ever get to today.