We’ve left the river portion of the lake and just got across the shallow spot. Evers, however, had a heckuva time getting over it. He was at a dead stop for a minute or so, revving his Merc to the moon and back again — not a good thing when you may be running on fumes. Mud, water and debris were being blasted 50 feet high and 80 feet back. He had to stop four times to clean out the water discharge hole (I don’t know the exact term). His alarm was blaring the whole time he was inching his way across the sandbar.
It has come to my attention that some people have taken offense to a few of the comments made by Gerald Swindle over the last week. If there's someone to blame, it's probably me. In selectively quoting Swindle, it may not come across that Swindle's favorite target of ridicule is himself. Swindle absolutely had the crowd in tears of laughter at Saturday's Nelson Park weigh-in. He is bass fishing's version of a cross between comedians Don Rickles and Eddie Murphy.
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Evers is trying to get out of the river, back into Lake Decatur.
He has attracted a wide variety of interested observers, but these latest on-the-water watchers of Aaron Martens take the prize for creativity — arriving on the scene in a pirate ship. The "captain" is even sporting a red bandana on his head. Hopefully, Martens won't have to pay ransom to get to the weigh-in site. Not taking any chances, Martens is on the move again.
The fans out here are getting a treat. Evers just hooked into a 2 1/2-pound fish, which promptly got hung up on a stick, which caused a panic in Evers and shouts from the crowd of 12 or so. Evers immediately fell to the deck, leaned over and grasped for the fish, which was a foot or so under the water, struggling epically to free itself. Evers, with teeth gritted, lunged again and again for the fish for nearly 10 seconds, which must’ve felt like an eternity. Finally, he got his hand in its mouth and pulled it to the surface, which caused the crowd to erupt in cheers.
Aaron Martens has moved again in Basin #1. He's fishing another riprap bank that has lots of wood cover on it. He said he had three short strikes in a row on a crankbait, and now he's flipping laydowns with a 3/8-ounce Rattleback jig. And he just swung and missed on the jig. Obviously, there's enough fish around this spot to keep his attention, and he's still got a small keeper in his livewell that he'd like to upgrade.
As Aaron Martens noted this morning, there are no long boat runs to be made on Lake Decatur's 3,000-acre main pool, but that doesn't mean you can't run often. Martens didn't linger after catching his last fish, and he has moved back to the southwest bank along Lost Bridge Road, where he was earlier today when Mark Zona was in the boat with him.
Evers is fast-trolling his way toward the lake. He would be idling, but he says fuel is an issue. He’s lobbing a small crankbait at the moment, most likely an XCalibur XCS square bill. Evers had a hand in the development of those little baits. I just told him that Martens caught a 3 1/2 for 10-14 and he went, “Huh.”
With the 3 1/2-pounder Aaron Martens just landed, he definitely has the lead.