We’ve picked up Kelley Jaye along the dam, and he confirmed what BASSTrakk reads, roughly 28 pounds. He says to be confident to make it to tomorrow that he’d like to have 35 pounds, which is doable with another big bite. He’s got a 2-11 in the box that needs to go. In an unusual twist, he’s throwing a jerkbait when everyone else is cranking and dragging Carolina rigs. He’s using a hand-painted Smithwick Rogue. He’ll be close to the bubble for sure, according to BASSTrakk.
Back to the dam. All we found was Boyd Duckett. Looks like all the action is back north. We are calling it a day. If big bass are being caught, it sure isn't happening when we are watching.
Barnum and Bailey catch of the year: Slo-mo camera guy Wes Miller is trading places with Zona. TV cameraman Rick Mason is also in the boat with Combs.
We found Keith Combs in El Tigre fishing alone. Except for the gulls. Our driver says Combs is on a rock pile that won a local tournament for him (the driver) last year.
We’ve left Crews and have picked up Ott DeFoe, who confirms what BASSTrakk reads, 29-4. He’s working shallow water much like Crews is. He says he’s got a 3, 5, 5 1/2 7 and 7 1/2. He’s desperate to get rid of the 3-pounder, but he said that he had all of those fish by 9:45 this morning, so he might have a hard time of it. Cliff Crochet is about two miles away and is doing largely the same thing. Both of these guys are excellent shallow-water fishermen.
Down the bank from Monroe and Kriet we find David Walker and Morizo Shimizu in a maze of sunken salt cedars.