Martens has moved back out near the mouth of this cut and is making longer casts now with the swimbait.
Looks like Dean Rojas is moving. He said this morning he was only going to give his first spot about an hour before heading back to his primary area. He has a 3-pounder in the box, so it would seem that it was a good idea to start somewhere else this morning. We are going to follow Rojas as he heads to his second spot.
The sun came out and Faircloth caught fish Nos. 3 and 4. Both keepers. Our unofficial estimate is that he has 9 pounds, 4 ounces in his livewell. That includes a 2-pounder, 2.8, 2.4 and 2.8.
Aaron Martens just caught a 2 1/2-pounder in the method you would expect from him - drop shotting a Roboworm. But he's been throwing everything except the kitchen sink at them so far this morning, including a big flutter spoon and a Basstrix swimbait.
The overcast conditions this morning haven't seemed to affect the fish for Jamie Horton; he has boated two keepers in the last five minutes. The first was about 2 1/2 pounds and fell for a jig. The second ate a frog but was just barely legal. As I was typing this, Rojas hooked up with about a 3-pound class fish on Kermit, so he's on the board as well.
After a little bit of a search, we located both fourth-place Dean Rojas and fifth-place Jamie Horton sharing the same backwater area at the very bottom of Pool 8. The backwater is about 30 or 40 acres, and is ringed with matted vegetation. Both anglers are throwing frogs. There are about 10 spectator boats in here with them. So far, the only fish catch was by Rojas, but it was a short. We'll see what happens.
Aaron Martens is already releasing fish, even though he only has two in his livewell. His third bass of the day came at 6:47. Although it was keeper-size - measuring more than 14 inches - Martens apparently decided another 2-pounder wasn't going to help him in the end today.
Faircloth just landed fish No. 2. We're guess a little over 2 pounds. The water is still and beautiful this morning, about like a mirror.
After a 20-mile run south on the Mississippi River, my boys Dennis TIetje, Kyle and I are perched on the side of an island near Stoddard watching Todd Faircloth. He's fishing in a quiet little marshy area with no current. Todd caught a fish five minutes after pulling in — a nice one. We're guessing 2 3/4 pounds. This is the same spot where he started yesterday.
We just watched Aaron Martens catch his second bass of the day — this one at 6:40 a.m. And we have confirmation that he kept the first one. So Martens has two fish, both about 2-pounders. The first one came on a swimbait, the second one on a drop shot lure of some kind. Again, we are at the mouth of this canal and Martens has started deeper into it than we ever saw him yesterday.