Headed back to the ramp, we noticed a large concentration of anglers within a relatively small area. With this wind blowing like it is, it seems to be stacking up anglers as well. If the afternoon bite does pick up it could get crazy quick.
Tommy Biffle made a bone jarring run across the lake to a main point off an island. Still throwing a swim jig he finally picks up a good smallmouth for his first keeper of the day. The wind is still howling.
To see the selection of lures Chris Lane had tied on this morning as he readied for the start of Day Three, you'd have thought he was back home on Lake Guntersville.
Matt Reed has joined Boyd Duckett, Kelly Jordon and Jeremy Starks on a weed flat. They are spreading out a little more as the wind picks up. The birds are starting to dive on bait and group up a bit more as Duckett just boated a nice smallmouth.
Scott Rook being followed closely by a Bassmaster camera boat. Wes Miller is holding our slow motion camera. Watch The Bassmasters on ESPN2 next week to see his work.
We just watched Rook lose a big fish. That makes two in the last 30 minutes. The first was at least 3 pounds. The second looked bigger than that. Judging by the reaction it was bigger. The wind is still blowing at a regular 10-plus and the waved are crashing, so having a conversation is tough. Earlier we misheard what Rook told us. We thought he had about 13 pounds. But we got close enough just now to hear he has 10-8, which would explain Rook's unhappiness on the two big ones he lost. But it's still early for him.
Almost two hours into his eight-hour fishing day, Randy Howell has yet to boat a keeper bass. He has moved from the launch area to the western shore of Oneida Lake, where he's flinging a spinnerbait as he bides his time. The witching hour is about 45 minutes away, but I'm sure he's antsy to get back to where big smallmouth have been schooling the past couple of days. All of us are expecting the wind to lay. One of my weather apps predicted 4 mph winds for this morning. The forecast was a digit off.
The area where Boyd Duckett, Kelly Jordon and Jeremy Starks are playing bumper boats is operating under an agreement among the three: There are no rules. "We're all going to fish on top of each other," Duckett explained Friday. "If they come up schooling, we're all going to throw at them, over the top of each other if we have to." With 17-11 Friday, anchored by a 5-1 Carhartt Big Bass of the day, Duckett moved into second place. Starks is 21st and Jordon 25th.
Biffle keeps making short runs in and around his primary starting spot but still nothing to show for it.
Scott Rook now has five keepers. His Marshal estimates 10.8 pounds. So our previous estimate of 13 pounds was wrong. Harder to hear in this wind. Rook also just lost a 3-pounder.