Jason Christie has made a move about 3 miles upriver, leaving the breakers behind. He's now in a cove where the wind is whipping through hard enough to almost create whitecaps. It looks like he's still swimming the jig. True fortune shined on him when he found those breaking fish. If he's able to pick up 4-pound plus on this swing, then he's truly in a zone where he can do no wrong. He quickly moves into a short pocket and begins flipping to flooded brush.
It had to have been a difficult decision for Cliff Prince to leave Yocum Cove at noon today, especially after what Steve Kennedy witnessed after noon there yesterday. But Prince caught his two biggest bass yesterday back down the lake in Gunnel Fork, which splits off from Little Sister Creek, not far from Bull Shoals Boat Dock. The move has quickly paid off. Prince has culled up twice now. The latest was a football-shaped spotted bass that replaced a smallmouth. Prince also caught a good eating-size walleye. So the fish are definitely biting here.
Yocum Cove has quit producing for Cliff Prince. He just released a short fish. He hasn't caught anything that has helped him since he reached the five-bass limit. "I thought for awhile that Steve (Kennedy) and I had caught them all," Prince said earlier. "But every fish I've caught today had two or three with it, so there's plenty of fish in here." But Prince isn't sticking around to look for any more of them. He's headed out of here, and Cliff Pace is coming back in Yocum Cove.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Bob King.
The breaking action has slowed way down for Jason Christie. A few minutes ago he was able to get his spook in front of a breaker and quickly reeled in a 2 1/2 pounder.
I just received this note from Tournament Director Trip Weldon.
I just jumped in the boat with Jason Christie to run a video camera until a real cameraman showed up. Thankfully that didn't last more than an hour.
There are a lot of reasons why the Elite Series anglers have raved about fishing Bull Shoals Lake the last two years. At the top, of course, would be the fishing.
B.A.S.S. contributor Shaye Baker gives a thumb's up from the Lowrance War Room.
How three of the very best Elite anglers adapted to a host of changing conditions at Bull Shoals.