Bull Shoals has produced numbers despite the tough cold front. The fishing’s been pretty good, but the size hasn’t been there.
Scanlon's got a 3-pound smallie (Photo by John Greenlee)
After another washboard run, we came across Jason Christie fishing a gravel bank on the main lake. When I saw Christie early in the morning on the first day of the tournament, he was cranking fast and shallow in a stout wind. Right now he's dragging some type of bottom rig. "I've got about 11 1/2 pounds," he says.
A few updates. BassTrakk is having a few issues today and a few of our anglers made it out without a BassTrakk entirely. Two anglers to note are Aaron Martens and Greg Hackney. Both have around 12 pounds and that moves them unofficially up around the cutline. These two guys started back at 23rd and 19th respectively. They are now flirting with that cutline and may end up sneaking into the final day.
Britt Myers is culling but is still waiting for a big bite.
Britt Myers made two casts around 11 o'clock and each resulted in 1/2-pound culls from his livewells. He's fired up. "I'm one good bite away from another Top 12, fellas," Myers said. "If I get a 4 1/2-pounder, I'll be strutting across the stage." Those two casts were several minutes apart, as Myers had to put both on a balance beam to make sure he was culling correctly. He's up to about 12 pounds.
Vinson went through his key stretch and never got a sniff. After running through his two best areas, he picked up and headed across the creek. He appears to be looking for spawners. He does say he wishes "they would have waited two more days to start their spawn." All his fish have been prespawn. And today's mild weather may have moved them straight to the bank. At the moment he's having trouble finding them.
BJ Haseotes gets a nice largemouth. (Photo by marshal Bill McNutt)
Vinson moves across the lake and into a deeper pocket lined with flooded bushes. He's doing more looking than fishing.