Crochet is continually reminding himself of his approach. Like a lot of these anglers, even though they are catching awesome weights, they've had to grind them out. Crochet just added his third. From our vantage point it was less than 3. But he's scratching them out.
Crochet continues with his slow and steady approach, picking apart every piece of cover in front of him. He just said he was ahead of schedule from yesterday when he produce a 30-pound plus bag. "By this time yesterday I had had two bites and one in the Livewell," he said. "Today I've had two bites and two in the well." He then explained we were entering a cove where he caught a 10 and a 7 since Thursday. If he boats one of those again he will truly be ahead of schedule.
We’ve arrived at the dam and found Keith Combs and Kota Kiriyama. So far neither are blowing the doors off. Rick Clunn, however, is blowing the whole house down. He apparently has 31-12 pounds already this morning. We’re en route at the moment, but first are stopping on Morizo Shimizu, who made a hard charge yesterday with 27 pounds and change. He appears to be culling as we’re pulling up. He’ll need another stellar day if he is to fish tomorrow. He’s up near the bank fishing in trees, which was the hot bite yesterday.
Crochet has put his second keeper in the boat. All together close to 8 pounds it appears. Crochet spent some time wondering out loud about the dropping water, the mood of the fish, those type things. But eventually opted for the "slow and steady" approach. He gives himself that advice every once in a while. If he follows it, it looks like he's here for the long haul.
Against his better judgement, Rick Clunn made a final cast to one spot Friday - a place where he'd caught four 5-pounders on four casts around 10 a.m. That gave him a limit of 5-pounders in the livewell, and he thought it would be better to save the spot for Saturday rather than beat it up anymore. "I almost didn't make another cast," Clunn said. "I thought I was going to hurt myself if I did." But he did make one more cast, and it produced an 8-pound, 14-ounce bass.