If Hank Cherry knew what was going on today, he would pay Mike Elkins, Darren Jacobson and me to stay away. We just got back on him after having to make another "administrative boat run" and found out that Cherry added another 3 1/2-pounder to his livewell while we were gone. That's three 3 1/2s and a 4 that we've missed - almost all of the 17-plus-pounds he's got swimming in his livewells now.
After 3 days of being our camera boat driver and watching other guys fish, Jonathon VanDam can't take it anymore. Once Cliff Pace left our area JVD broke out the fishing rod and tried to catch a big salmon. We had seen a big school rolling around near us. He tried a crankbait, then a spoon. No luck. "Man I don't know how the Marshals do it all day," he said. Of course most of the Marshals are thrilled to watch an Elite angler fish. Now we're off to check in on Edwin Evers.
Edwin is struggling. He only has four and they are probably under 9 pounds total. Making things worse when we pulled up on him, his body language was telling us he had just lost one. To make it a little more worse, Hank Cherry was in the middle of his flurry. The spectator noise was loud enough to carry the 600 yards we are away. Evers, though, always figures out something in this event. He's finished second twice. But like Ott DeFoe in his rookie season, Cherry's roll may be too hard to overcome. Still a lot of time left, though.
In the last hour, Hank Cherry has started showing why these four All-Star finalists were fired up about coming to White Lake. Cherry has been on fire. He moved back down to the mid-lake area after leaving Whitehall Marina and set up on another one of these sandbar flats that has a deep drop on the edge. He's caught two 3 1/2-pounders and a 4-pounder, plus two more small ones. All of them were smallmouths.
Under that black jacket is Steve Bowman, intrepid content man for Bassmaster.com. Cliff Pace rolled by and asked if he was taking a nap. A Spectator asked if he needed a private moment.