After a brief foray to the north shore, Scott Rook jetted back to his home spot, the shoal toward the middle of Oneida Lake. You'll see the pros do this, sometimes to clear their head, and sometimes to give the fish a break. Whatever the reason, this move paid off for Rook. He caught a 3-pounder shortly after returning to his spot. We're estimating, and BASSTrakk is as well, that he has at least 14 pounds in the livewell now.
Scott Rook unhappily recalled some key fish that came off the hook after showing themselves Saturday. He wasn't making excuses, but simply explaining the details after Saturday's weigh-in.
Not much has been written about Brent Chapman this morning, even though he's in striking distance of the lead. BASSTrakk has him in second, about 3 pounds behind Boyd Duckett. (As noted earlier, BASSTrakk isn't entirely accurate this morning, thanks to technical issues.) Wouldn't it be something for him to follow up Angler of the Year with a second Elite Series win here?
Scott Rook just moved from his beloved shoal where he has spent much of the tournament. He traveled about 5 minutes north and is now fishing in about 10 feet of water, 150 yards from the north shore. It's more rocky up here, with a large outcropping jutting out of the water near Rook. The wind has calmed down, about the same time it did yesterday. I'm not sure how that will affect the bass, but it's certainly more pleasant for the human species.
As the Classic picture starts to clear up, it looks like seven Elite anglers will be heading for their first Bassmaster Classic in 2013. Fou—Nate Wellman, Yusuke Miyazaki, Brandon Card and Cliff Prince—made it through their standing in AOY points. Jeremy Starks and Jonathon VanDam are going by virtue of winning Elite events this season. Casey Scanlon is an Elite angler and will be fishing his first Classic in 2013, but he didn't get there through the Elites; Scanlon won a Central Open and will make it to the Classic through the Opens.
The Top 12 pros head out for their last day of regular-season competition.
Boyd Duckett is digging deep — giving it everything he has to bring this one home. Winning Oneida is probably his only chance of getting to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. Duckett hasn't won since 2007, when he won both the Classic and Bassmaster Legends in the same year, taking home $750K from those two tournaments alone! If he doesn't win at Oneida, he'll almost certainly miss the Classic for the second year in a row.
Scott Rook is culling. He just caught his sixth keeper of the day, culled quickly, and ran back to the front of the boat. We're not close enough to tell how this impacted his weight. But I can tell you one thing, Rook is living or dying on this spot. He's not moving. And he's fishing hard to take advantage of this opportunity.
James Overstreet, the multitasking photographer, boat driver and sideline reporter for War Room presented by Triton Boats on our team this morning has decided not to follow Randy Howell to the opposite end of Oneida Lake. My vote made it unanimous. This water's rough. It doesn't take much of a breeze to stir up this lake.
This morning, on the initial bouncy run out here, Scott Rook's BASSTrakk unit got fried. Just taking a look at the Trakk, it shows Rook with 4 1/2 pounds. He actually has in the neighborhood of 12 pounds.