The two big bass caught yesterday (tied at 5 pounds, 3 ounces) by Terry Butcher and Todd Faircloth were the largest ever weighed in at a B.A.S.S. event on this stretch of the Mississippi River. Lunkers are not part of the mix here, and that makes it tough to make a big jump up in the standings.
Matt Herren has three smallies and one largemouth in the livewell, going for about 11 pounds.
Aaron Martens was hoping to put the hammer to the fish that he backed off at 9 a.m. yesterday, but the fish aren't cooperating. He's still seeing some bass there on his sonar, but not like they were yesterday. And the ones still there aren't biting like they were yesterday. So Martens has made a short move back toward the launch site. I could swim to my hotel room from here. He caught one short fish upon arrival. He's still holding about 12 pounds in his livewell.
We're back on the water and it didn't take us long to find someone as we came across Davy Hite fishing a railroad bridge about 5 minutes from the takeoff point. He's throwing a swimbait and counting it down before slowly swimming it around the concrete pilings. He's got a limit but wouldn't say how much it weighs.
Terry Butcher makes an upgrade as he flips a solid bass into the boat.
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We just caught up with Matt Herren. He's fishing the back waters by Goose Island. He's fishing current, right up against the bank and has two in his livewell. We just watched him get a big bite from a pike. It broke his line off about six inches above the bait. Pike have teeth, you know!
After watching Stephen Browning catch a couple more small keepers and a short that he pitched back into the river, we are heading in so B.A.S.S. photographer Darren Jacobson can upload the morning photo gallery. Check it out; there will be some great action shots from Day 2 leader Todd Fairtcloth and several other anglers. We'll be back on the water and blogging ASAP!
With Todd Faircloth only 12 ounces ahead of Terry Butcher, we'll see if he can hold onto the No. 1 spot as the anglers head out on the water for Day Three of the Mississippi River Rumble.
Michael Simonton has some some early morning action on Day 3 as a Mississippi River largemouth bass thrashes on the surface. Simonton's Marshal, Tracy Skare, sent in this photo from the water just now.