Below is an image that we took off of MyRadar that shows the storm that raced across the northern end of Lake Okeechobee.
We have just had a pretty major storm hit us at the weigh-in site.
Randy Howell told us earlier in the day that the sun Ish Monroe was enjoying was the biggest factor of the day so far. The rest of the field was sitting under a bank of clouds. They haven't moved much either. As a matter of fact a pretty strong thunderstorm is rolling across the War Room. There's steady rumbling, the wind is gusting strong and the rain is pouring.
Chris Lane just made an interesting observation, shortly after catching his third fish here in the last 30 minutes, even though this one didn't help him. "As bad as I want to fish the inside (of the reeds), they seem to be on the outside," Lane said. He's still got time to make a push, if he's starting to establish a pattern.
We lost him for a few minutes, but Chris Lane moved back to the north end of Observation Shoal, where he spent most of the morning and where the birds are still blaring. He quickly caught two fish here, according to his marshal, including a 5-pounder. He's got a limit that weighs about 14 pounds. "I need four more like that last one," Lane said. He has no way of knowing what Ish Monroe has, but he's thinking in the right direction.
We just got a better look at Jeff Kriet's BASSTrakk. The unit says he has a big sack, but that is some sort of technical glitch at the moment. Kriet doesn't have as much weight as BASSTrakk says he has. We don't know exactly what he has, but it's much less than what is showing up. We will get an update as soon as possible.
If Chris Lane can pull this one out, he'll become just the third angler in B.A.S.S. history to win three or more events on the same body of water. Chris Lane won Opens here on Okeechobee in 2006 and 2010. Shaw Grigsby won three events on Sam Rayburn Reservoir (1988, 1990 and 1992). Robert Lee (the King of the California Delta) won four consecutive BASS events on the California Delta between 1997 and 2003.
The weights are starting to move a little, but not near the jumps we expect to see by the end of the day.
Chris Lane just made what will probably be his last move of the day. He left Observation Shoal to come back to the field of reeds that is just northeast of it, where he sacked them yesterday. "I'm probably about 7 or 8 pounds behind," said Lane. The wind is blowing about 15 miles per hour here and there's a line of thunderstorms blowing in with it. According to the radar we just checked, it's headed straight for us.
Chris Lane spent an hour in the area where he sacked 'em yesterday, then said, "I've got to get something started quick. I think this wind has messed up this area." Lane took off and we haven't found him yet, after passing Tommy Biffle, Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese - all strung out along Observation Shoal.