KVD has the record for limiting 57 competition days in a row. On the bad side of that stat is Brent Broderick, who once went eight consecutive competition days without catching a 5-bass limit in 2011. The next longest streak of limit futility belongs to Grant Goldbeck, who went seven straight competition days without getting to cull, also in 2011. Only three other anglers have gone as long as six competition days in a row without a limit — Jon Bondy, Boyd Duckett and Jeff Reynolds.
Brent Chapman has moved again, but just barely this time. And the move paid off, just like the last one. He didn't get his boat on plane this time, in moving deeper into a creek arm of Toledo Bend by maybe a couple hundred yards. Chapman quickly caught two bass, one of which helped him cull up by ounces.
Horton just said this is his vitamin spot ... he's only caught one a day here. First day he caught a 6. Second day he caught a 6. Today he caught a 10. "If you are only going to catch one, those are the ones to catch." He pulled up his trolling motor and headed to a new area.
Just chatted with Horton. He clarified the size of that last fish ... Seems I was off a bit. It certainly was not a 6-pounder. "That last one was a 10! Maybe a 9, but I'm pretty sure she'll go 10!" He also has a 7 in the livewell. He guesses his weight at 27 pounds! He dragging plastics around a channel ledge.
Whenever I hear a stat, I also like to hear about the opposite number. So, when I tell you that KVD has the record for consecutive limits at 57, I also wondered about the record for most consecutive days without a limit. You should know that a limit is the norm for Elite Series anglers. It's the standard. Anything less is a serious problem.
Brent Chapman finally had enough of not catching anything, and he did something about it. "I hate to say it, but you should have been here yesterday," Chapman said to some local observers. Ten minutes later, he pulled up his trolling motor and made a move from the spot where he had been catching them one cast after another the last two days. As he idled out, we asked if he was still seeing the fish on his graph. "Not really," Chapman said. "I think they're gone."
We find Tim Horton about the same time a bass finds his bait ... and the fish is big. It jumps, then surges under the boat. He reels it close, drops his rod and hand lines the bass closer. He lips it, and swings aboard what appears to be a 6- to 7-pound fish. If Horton had 22, he likely now has more than 25.
Herren's flurry has ended. He stopped and tied on a different colored crankbait ... a deep diver. Matt is fishing a different pattern than most. He is well off the main channel, focusing on an adjacent flat that's around 13 to 15 feet deep. The new color worked, as Matt just landed another small fish. We just watched Tim Horton fly by. We understand he may have a livewell full of giants, so we are going to give chase.
Just had a quick chat with Matt Herren. He has a limit, but it's small. 12 pounds, maybe. He said he has jumped off and broken off three 5-pounders. His next cast, he hooks a monster! It jumps at the front of his boat. He bends over to lip it and it comes unbuttoned. He yells a word that sounds like "spit" then says "It's been like that all day!"
Well, it took about three hours, but we finally located Matt Herren. As our boat came off pad, he set the hook. He belly landed a 4-pounder. He put her in the livewell and culled a smaller fish. His next cast yielded another bass that evidently didn't help his total. That 2-pounder went back in the drink. We will try to get close enough to ask what he has, but he is waving everyone away who gets within 200 yards.