Things are winding down to the final hour of fishing and accurate reports are coming in from on the water. Steve Bowman has been moving around checking in with our projected leaders and it looks like things are too close to call right now. Boyd Duckett likely has close to 16 pounds, which would give him 61-4 total. Scott Rook has "over 15" putting him in second with 60-3. Randy Howell is still looking for a limit. He has three keepers for 10 pounds, giving him 58-4.
Scott Rook is culling again and we're motoring back to Maple Bay to check on Boyd Duckett.
You'd think that Floridian Bernie Schultz would feel out of his element in northern New York at Oneida Lake. But Schultz has proven just the opposite is true. By making the Top 12 cut this week, Schultz now has four Top 12s to his credit at Oneida. "It just matches my style," said Schultz. "Grass is the primary focus, but there are [boat] docks and shallow rock piles. This lake is conducive to a wide variety of lures, top-waters, spinnerbaits and slow baits, like soft plastics and jigs."
Aaron Martens talks fishing with Dave Mercer in the last War Room episode from Oneida Lake.
It was an exciting day of changes at the top of the leaderboard on the last day at Oneida.
Scott Rook is culling again. By our estimate he has caught 9 keepers today. His cameraman Rick Mason believes he has at least 15 pounds in the livewell. If that's in the ballpark, Rook is making a strong move today.
That's Rick Mason filming Scott Rook for The Bassmasters TV show. He said the camera weighs 25 or 30 pounds, but by the end of the day it feels more like 40.
Takahiro Omori's 18-13 bag Saturday was quite an accomplishment. Oneida has proven tough for most anglers all week. But to catch the second-best bag of the tournament on Day Three, after 97 Elite Series anglers have picked most of the low-hanging fruit the previous two days, is particularly impressive. Omori, like many this week, is trying to get back to the Bassmaster Classic, an event he won in 2004. He entered the event 39th in AOY points – on the bubble.