Mark Zona and Jeff Kriet were in the boat at take off, practicing how they would handle the situation should Kriet lose another Giant fish at the boat (which he did on Sat.). They vow that this time around, bad words will be replaced with more positive expressions like "too bad but wasn't that fun", "hey I'm just happy to be here today" or, at the worst, "aw hecky durn!". Inspiring, I tell ya.
Day Four of the Power-Pole slam. The anglers just left the takeoff and are on their way to their first spot. Weather conditions are completely different today. We have a small front pushing through for the next couple of hours. There are some thunderstorms associated with it.
Zona is in the boat with Jeff Kreit not far from the takeoff. He says Kreit's baits are: swim jig, frog and soft plastic stickbait. The whole key, he says, is that the thickest dollar pads hold the bigger females.
Appropriately, on a day when a Bassmaster Elite Series pro will earn a $100,000 first-place check, the sky over Lake Okeechobee was decorated with a rainbow during the 7:30 a.m. takeoff. Leader Ish Monroe and Chris Lane, who trails by only 10 ounces going into the final day, appear to be the most likely candidates to end up with the pot of gold at the end of the day.
Big bags meant big movement on the leaderboard at the conclusion of Day Three on Lake Okeechobee.
The final day of the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Power-Pole Slam sets up as Ish vs. Chris.
Kevin VanDam said the lake levels over the last few years have helped produce a strong 5- to 8-pound class of largemouth.
Strong crowds and healthy bass made Day Three at the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Power-Pole Slam a memorable event.
Elite Series angler quotes from the weigh-in on Day Three of the Power-Pole Slam on Lake Okeechobee.
With a 13-pound, 9-ounce lead, Ish Monroe could feel settled about his chances in this tournament, but he doesn't at all. See him on the water today as he boats 18 pounds, 2 ounces.