After Ike went on his way, we noticed Roumbanis had moved to the bank. "I was hoping Ike would buzz through this," he said. "I've caught all my fish here." Where Ike was moving and stroking, Roumbanis is much slower and methodical. After a few minutes he hooks up with his second keeper, a spotted bass a little more than a pound.
That photo is Kevin Short holding a catfish. "Right weight, wrong species." I used the opportunity to ask him why pink is his signature color. I kinda assumed it had something to do with breast cancer. But no, he wanted a signature color that no one else had.
James Overstreet and I followed Mark Davis up Wehadkee Creek under the Highway 109 bridge before the latest cloudburst. Then it started raining so hard we couldn't see. Obviously, it made for difficult driving conditions as well. As we motored back, police cars and an ambulance were surrounding a one-vehicle accident on the bridge. The single passenger emerged with a head bandage but appeared to be in relatively good condition.
Kevin Short with keeper No. 4. This one is a little bigger at 1 pound, 10 ounces. He caught this one on a little Zoom shaky head.
The Bassmaster Elite Series pros launch on rainy Day Three of the West Point Lake Battle.
Reese is locked on a bed in the back of a short pocket. He pulls up before we get near him and moves out. Although Reese is fishing in a small area, he's staying on the move. He's giving us a seminar on how to run and gun in a 100-acre creek. Reese catches a small one on a jerkbait, his first keeper of the day.
We move over to Iaconelli. He has one keeper. It's pouring down rain, but he's not giving up. He's moving and casting down the bank like it was a sunny day. He's moving in classic Ike style. And the next thing you know he's off.
We've caught up with Brian Snowden. He's working the shoreline with a topwater. We get near and he switches to a sinking-style bait. "I just had a 3-pounder get all over it," he said. "I'm hoping he'll come back." Snowden doesn't have a keeper. He says he's never been so confused by a fishery. A few seconds later fish begin breaking next to his boat. He fires his topwater that way and hooks up with a white bass.
It is pouring rain now. And Short has reeled in keeper No. 3. Small, but in these conditions, just getting fish in the livewell is a win.