Casey Scanlon is struggling, according to Mark Zona who is in the boat with Casey. Scanlon started on the same spot that he has started on all week. He has one small keeper as of right now but it's a line burner smallmouth and not one that he wants to weigh in. He hasn't been waiting for any "feeding window" like a lot of the guys this week. His fish are eating and eating often. He's caught 20 to 30 keepers a day by 10 a.m., and it's starting to look like that number has dwindled
The pocket where Terry Scroggins is fishing has a water temperature of 54.8 degrees. That's about 4 to 5 degrees cooler than the upper part of the lake where I've spent the rest of the derby. I'm sure it will climb today considering the warm weather we are expecting. This lower end could be a little behind the upper end.
Casey Scanlon's main weapon this week — a 3.5 Luck "E" Strike tube.
Casey Scanlon is stunned at how slow his spot is — zero fish and slightly worried. I'm riding along with Scanlon this morning, and it looks like Scanlon might be experiencing his first curveball of the event. You saw Greg Vinson strike out yesterday after finding his primary hole trashed with debris and his fish pulling a vanishing act. Consistency has been the hardest thing to obtain this week, and thus far Scanlon had tamed that obstacle. He's going to have to catch them again today, though.
Scroggins just made an interesting move. After boating his keeper, he hit the trolling motor on 36 high and started chasing a pod of schooling fish. I asked him if he had caught any of those yet. He said "no, but wouldn't that be fun." It's interesting to note that Greg Vinson was actually catching part of his stringer on breaking fish. The fish would break behind him and he'd wheel around and fire his jerkbait to the boil. We watched him catch three like that on Day Two.
We've been on Terry Scroggins. He's about 2 minutes from the take off. He's his usual jovial self. He's waiting on "Big Red," or in Scroggenese, he's waiting on the sun to start working his magic. In just the last couple minutes he's boated two smallmouth. One kept at 1 1/2 pounds, the other went back in the drink.
This will be an interesting day on several fronts. There's 1-pound separating the top three; 5-pounds separating the top 10 and just 6 between the whole lot of them. It's pretty much anyone's tourney to take. Casey Scanlon has the lead and the best shot at that. But anyone down the line that catches one of those big females could win. Thing is, if that were going to happen, there is no more likely time than right now.
Check out leader Greg Vinson's Day Three on the water.
Warmer weather and bass flooding into prime bedding areas signal potential for a very interesting Day Four.