Nate Wellman lands a good sized fish, just moments ago.
Observation Shoal is proving to be a popular area on Lake Okeechobee. Ott DeFoe has moved into sight. Chris Lane was working his way down the edge of the reeds when another Elite Series angler roared in and started fishing about 200 yards in front of him. Guess who? Brother Bobby Lane. A few moments later, Chris added his fifth bass of the day — a small one — that should give him 16 or 17 pounds total.
This seems to be the slow part of the day. For the last couple of hours we've seen some steady jumps in BASSTrakk, but in the last 30 or 40 minutes, it appears to be all quiet on this front. Some guys are starting to jockey around, but the catching has tapered off a bit. Dave Mercer just hit the bank. He will be giving us an update with Bernie Schultz in the War Room at the top of the hour.
Chris Lane just made about a five-mile move and we followed.
We are seeing a lot of anglers catching fish, but the big ones haven't really started to show up. We do have David Walker with a 5- to 6-pounder, Chris Lane with a 5-pounder and Bradley Roy with a 7-pounder. But most of the catches have been what would normally be referred to as a solid keeper.
Mark Zona is spending the morning with Jeff Kriet and keeping us posted on what he's doing. He just sent us a text telling us that Kriet is fishing a lily-pad flat in about 3- to 5-feet of water. He has a couple of keepers. Kriet is telling him that there are different windows when the fish feed. Zona followed that info up with a quick text: "Just missed a friggin' giant."
If you are paying attention to the War Room from time to time then you may notice we are actually playing the Sunshine Showdown from a few years ago on the Harris Chain.
Chris Lane just caught a 6 1/2-pounder, making his weight around 15 1/2 pounds by 9:30 a.m.
To get a real feel for how special Lake Okeechobee is, check out the photo sent in from John Dial, one of the Bassmaster Marshals. Randy Howell, who had his limit quickly this morning, pulled off a hat trick of sorts in one cast. He caught three of his keepers in one cast on a topwater lure. That's pretty special.
Check out images from Day Two on Lake Okeechobee!