This photo shows how Aaron Martens has spent most of his day - bass fishing in the midst of civilization. At every place he's stopped today, he's had observers on the banks of Lake Decatur as well as observers on the water. It gives you an idea of the concentration required to fish at this level, with lots of eyes watching your every move.
Evers just caught his sixth fish, and it would have kept, but it wouldn’t have helped, so back it went. We’re still working our way upriver, Evers methodically picking apart every stick, log, branch, stump and even tire in the water. Whatever presents itself, basically. There are just a few clouds in the sky, so there’s plenty on sunlight which appears to be pulling these fish in tight to the cover.
Aaron Martens has moved to the north side of the east bank of Lost Bridge, and he's added his fourth keeper. It appeared to be about a 1 1/2-pounder. That gives him four in the livewell and "The Natural" is clearly keyed-up. He knows he needs to move on from that mishap a few minutes ago, and he's frothing the water with a crankbait along this riprap bank.
Yesterday, Edwin Evers told me he wasn’t going back to the upper end of Lake Decatur today because he didn’t think he could get in there and back with falling water levels.
Evers gets a nice one after a slow start.
Aaron Martens has moved to the east side of Lost Bridge, and suffered some pain. Martens hooked a good fish off the riprap bank, lost it and screamed in agony, "That one hurts. It's like a dagger in my back." Here's got as many spectators on the bank as he does on the water. So lots of folks suffered through that loss with him.
Aaron Martens meets the locals.
Evers landed his fourth keeper, and it has some more meat on it than the other three in his well. He reckons he’s got 5 1/2 or 6 pounds all told. We’ve just moved into so fishier-looking stuff; there are laydowns and stumps everywhere, which are what all of his fish have come from.
With a dozen observers standing on the bank above him and Mark Zona in the boat with him, Aaron Martens just landed his third keeper of the day — a solid 2-pounder — on a crankbait. It was quite a show, and drew a loud round of applause. There are about a dozen spectator boats out here as well. Minutes before that, Martens lost another potential keeper halfway back to the boat.