Another quick fish for Chapman. A 2-pounder on the crankbait from the front side of a shaded boat dock. Per Zona: Brent says the water is really clearing.
Bobby Lane has quickly added his first two keepers of the day. They weigh a collective four pounds. While he probably can't catch Palaniuk, you can bet he has his sights set on over-taking Myers. He wants the points, and the extra cash. Myers, though, isn't going down easily he has the big bag of the first hour or two with 13 pounds and may be on cruse control. Lane wants to make a move, he needs to get some of the 3- to 4-pound or better fish to bite.
For Brent Chapman, who professed to be stunned that he didn't have a limit by 7a.m., finally lands two keepers in three casts for five pounds total.
Still no fish yet for Brent Chapman. He's going down the bank in a leisurely fashion, alternating casts between a Top Shelf swimbait and a crawdad-colored Wiggle Wart. A quick move across the cove and he's doing more of the same as the sun gets higher and the breeze starts to pick up slightly.
Photographer James Overstreet and I finally found Britt Myers in the thick fog hovering over East Sugarloaf Creek at 7:30 and he already has a limit in the boat, estimated to weigh about 13 pounds.
There's not a whole lot taking place in this first hour of the final day. We know Palaniuk is at his spot. He got there in time for the fog to roll in. We know he has one keeper, but expect it to be a small one. Poche has a couple of keepers as well. But overall reports are down. That always happens on Sunday. We cut from 50 to 12, so sheer numbers dictate a drop off in catches. Just like Saturday, we are without our BASSTrakk units and are surviving on texts from Marshals, camera boat operators and cameramen.
Keith Poche boats his first fish of Day Four.
Brent Chapman is fishing a rock outcropping within sight of the launch.
Palaniuk, a Federation Nation Angler, who clawed his way into the Elites through the bass fishing clubs and has stayed there by exemplifying the highest tenants of professionalism the last two seasons will likely win this event.