Faircloth has one dead fish. He was able to revive the other fish.
It's been a battle to the finish all day today on the Mississippi River.
The Top 12 fishing today are mostly the usual suspects. Eight of them have made the finals once or more already this year. For Faircloth, Rojas, Pace, Scroggins and Howell, it's their third time to fish on Sunday in 2012. Of the finalists, Terry Butcher is quenching the longest drought. He last made the finals of an Elite Series event in 2010 at Kentucky Lake, where he finished third. Clunn, Lowen and Kennedy all made it to the finals at least once in 2011.
We've been sitting on Bill Lowen for a while and he is still catching fish. He just can't seem to get anything better than 2 1/2. The number of fish caught this week must be astronomical, but I truly believe there are enough fish here that you could have another Elite Series event here for several weeks in a row and they couldn't sore-lip them all. It's been a pleasure blogging for you guys this weekend. We had a great crew, and the coverage looks awesome!
Kevin VanDam narrowly missed the finals at the Mississippi River. A tiebreaker put Steve Kennedy into the Top 12 and sent KVD on the road to Green Bay for next week's tournament. Nevertheless, this was the 18th consecutive Elite Series tournament in which VanDam made the cut into the money, and that's very impressive. In Elite Series history (2006-'12), only three times has an angler made 15 or more straight cuts, and KVD has two of those streaks. Todd Faircloth has the other with 15. KVD's 18 in a row is a record.
Martens catches fish after fish today — and not all bass — and puts about 12 pounds in the livewell by early afternoon.
The pros were catching plenty on the final day of the Mississippi River Rumble. Some of their bass were so covered with grass, you could barely see them!
It took almost all day, but we finally found Bill Lowen fishing a flooded grassline at the bottom of Goose Island. He says he has between 13 and 14 pounds but that he has been really hampered by the mayfly hatch. "I was watching 3- and 4-pound smallouth come up and suck mayflies off the surface this morning," said Lowen, "I was throwing all kinds of different stuff at them, but they didn't want any of it. I finally had to get out of there to keep my sanity. "
Steve Kennedy is having a lot of fun. He continues to catch fish after fish out of the backwater lake he is fishing. Unfortunately, though, he still hasn't been able to upgrade. He's trolling over to an isolated mat in the corner to try and catch one that he caught and culled Thursday. After that, he plans on leaving to go find something new. We'll leave with him, and then try and find some of the other anglers.
Todd Faircloth has fished three 50-foot circles today. One by the island and two inside The Box. He'll fish one circle, go to the next one, then eventually work his way back to the first one. None too far away from the other. He's been methodical, and at least on the outside, very patient. In this shallow water, once you fish a spot for a while, the fish disperse. So moving on to another spot, and then coming back later, can be an effective strategy.