Scott Rook just pulled in his fifth keeper. We estimate it is a 3 1/2-pounder. That gives him about 12 pounds for the day. It looks like Rook will be moving up the leaderboard.
So just how many Elite anglers are going to earn berths in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic? It's actually hard to say. Twenty-eight spots are guaranteed to the Top 28 finishers in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race. Then there's the defending Classic champ, Chris Lane, who gets an automatic bid. Each of the eight Elite tournament winners is in, too. Plus, there are three Elite anglers who won Opens this year and will earn a Classic berth that way. Let's take a closer look and really figure this out.
Boyd Duckett has taken back the lead that he had early this morning.
Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Brandon Card talks to Dave Mercer about his stellar season.
A pleasure boater just ran within about 100 yards of Scott Rook, right through the middle of several shallow water buoys. He was going full speed. We could tell that his prop hit the shoal, which is made of rocks. This is the shoal Rook is fishing. The pleasure boater came to a stop quickly and jumped in the water to inspect his prop. "He paid the price for being dumb and ignorant," said Steve Bowman.
Scott Rook just lost a fish and threw his rod down. We're not sure if the fish came unbuttoned or if his line got cut like it did two times yesterday about this time. Rook told me last night that he's pulling his fish over a rockpile. He believes zebra mussels are cutting his line (the sharp edges of the shell). He was still frustrated about losing the fish yesterday. In a tournament as tight as this one, those fish may have put him in the lead.
Boyd Duckett led early this morning, but Randy Howell has four in the boat that are making a difference.