Evers made it out but not without displacing a lot mud. Look for those images in the photo galleries later today. I've never seen anything like that, at least not on purpose. When you look at those, realize that an 18-foot flatbottom got stuck there trying to get out. Evers is hitting some rocky banks and docks before making the long idle out the back of this thing. But he at least knows he should make it to weigh in.
Aaron Martens just landed his fifth fish -- a chunky 14-incher. He's got a limit now!
As Gerald Swindle has moved north on Lake Decatur, the white caps have vanished. We're in Basin No. 5, which is narrow and more protected from the northwest wind, especially on the west bank that Swindle is fishing. The relative calm offered the opportunity to have a brief conversation with Swindle, without the roaring wind drowning him out. As usual, he had a humorous take on a so-far miserable day.
Martens cast a line out toward the shore.
Evers is on his way out. I don't know how long it will take, but there's sure to be a ton of mud sprayed, followed by about 30 minutes of idling. We assume he will hit a few places once he's out. Or he's just allowing for enough time. Either way, we are looking forward to the mud slinging that's getting ready to start.
Evers remains stuck on three. He has caught a short fish or two since our dry spell, but he's obviously wanting to finish out his limit. He knows Swindle has only one. But he also knows Swindle can sack them pretty quick. He's fishing his way out of the river, stopping on those places he lost good fish on this morning. But the bite seems to have completely evaporated. Judging by the time it took us to get up here, it won't be long until he needs to head in.
Swindle is fishing in muddy water.
Gerald Swindle went back north to the Lake Shore Drive culvert where he caught his only keeper today.
About 30 minutes ago, Edwin Evers boated a just short and since then, no bites. He's still stuck on three fish for about 6 pounds. He knows he has the advantage, since these anglers can look at BassTrakk in this event, but he's not comfortable at all. He feels like he needs a couple solid bites before he starts fighting his way out of this river. He's far enough back that it's getting time for him to turn around and hit his high points.