We just got a ping on BASSTrakk that Ish Monroe has caught a 5-pounder. That brings his weight up to around 16 or 17 pounds.
BassTrakk is showing Ish Monroe just 7 pounds ahead of Chris Lane. That's virtually half the lead he started with this morning.
Chris Lane said yesterday that he wasn't going to let it get in his head, the fact that he's been losing two or three big bass a day in the thick vegetation he's fishing. Well, he just had his first frustrating moment of this day. He set the hook on a big one, which quickly wound his line around some reeds. After the fish was off, Lane broke his line trying to retrieve his lure, then banged his rod on the side of the boat.
One of those "friggin' giants" finally showed up for Jeff Kriet. This photo by Mark Zona shows what could be as heavy as a 7-pounder. Kriet lost two fish that were in that same range. If he could have boated those, he would be in the 21-pound or better range with just three fish. Zona said that Kriet made a bait switch, and immediately "bam" the fish bit.
Chris Lane has made a series of short runs but hasn't had another bite since that 4-pounder. He made an interesting observation at yesterday's weigh-in. Lane is concentrating on reed "heads" where there is a hard bottom in Lake Okeechobee. He thinks these provide ambush points for bass that are keying on shellcrackers (redear bream) as they are moving into spawning areas. "The (bass) aren't in the Kissimmee grass yet, but it won't be long," Lane said.
Some big fish are starting to show up. David Walker just caught a 6-pounder and he's jumped into fourth place. Walker's total is about 16 pounds and change. Bradley Roy has caught a 6-pounder and he's jumped into 11th place. Chris Lane caught that 4-pounder, which put him at 19 pounds and second place. And we are hearing a couple more reports of other fish we are waiting to verify.
Zona checks in from Jeff Kriet's boat where he has been the Marshal all morning. We have Kriet with five fish weigh about 5 pounds. We also had a report earlier from Zona about a "friggin' giant" Kriet lost. Those two things, Zona said, give us a clue as to what Kriet is looking at. "This place has a lot of little fish and some big fish,'' Zona said. "There are no quality 3- and 4-pound fish that really fill out a limit."
In the War Room this morning, BASSTrakk manager Ryan Watkins figured up the following stats based on BASSTrakk data: Between 8 and 9 a.m. ET, nine keepers were reported for a total of 16.02 pounds. Between 9 and 10, 45 keepers were reported for 105.03 pounds. And between 10 and 11, 71 keepers were reported for 151 pounds.
Chris Lane sets the hook on a 4-pounder.
Observation Shoal has added a couple of new anglers. Terry Scroggins just pulled into the spot where Chris Lane started fishing here. Fletcher Shryock has also joined the gang. Chris and Bobby Lane are close enough to carry on a conversation. Chris appears to be on the move and we are too.