Every day is different when you follow anglers in an Elite Series tournament. Some days you sit for hours watching a guy fish the same small area. But following Tommy Biffle today is a bit like filming a Hollywood chase scene.
After further review, Hank Cherry's big fish is probably somewhere between 6 and 7 pounds, rather than 7 or 8. But it's still a game-changer in this tournament, where a 2-pounder has been a solid keeper and a 6-pounder has taken big bass honors each day. He's got one other keeper, under 2 pounds. As Cherry told us earlier, "If I get three bites, they've got to beat me." That's "they" as in the other 11 anglers on Day Four.
Things have slowed down for Pete. However, he has his limit and throwing a topwater trying for a kicker fish.
Do you think it's accurate to say dogs like to watch fishing? Rudy does. He's the dog in the picture with his owner Sean Higgins who lives in the LaGrange area. Sean is a fan of Tommy Biffle and has been following him today. Sean tells me Rudy, who is 6, loves to go fishing. "When he hears me taking off the boat cover he gets excited. And whenever I catch a fish he comes over and licks it."
Faircloth fishes his way around a pocket alternating among a popper, a sinking worm and a buzzbait. He is fishing mainly the shallow flooded grass, but never overlooks any docks he comes to. He makes a short hop to another pocket and catches his first keeper on a popper.
Pete is now throwing a topwater popper over some grass. He is working it slow leaving in the strike zone for a big bass to inhale.
Since he wasn't in the top six, Hank Cherry didn't have a camera operator in his boat this morning. But he does now. Marty Dashiel made the transfer a few minutes ago. Cherry's big-fish catch may be on video though. A GoPro camera was attached to his windshield at takeoff. Cherry said he was on the bow when he swung the big largemouth into the boat - right in front of the GoPro. Just how big is that bass? While Dashiel was boarding, I asked Cherry exactly how big he thought it was.
We followed Tommy Biffle to an amazing little spot. He's struggling right now, trying to find fish. After having no luck in handful of spots on Brush Creek he has now moved to a hidden little inlet. To get here Tommy led us through a tiny tunnel of trees. One tree limb caught him by surprise, smacked him in the face and broke his sunglasses. But he's fishing again, and asked us to hang back so as not to disturb the fish in this small area. It's 10:15 and with only one fish in the livewell, I'm sure he's feeling some pressure.
Faircloth pitches a sinking worm to a series of three docks. He misses a bass and lands another short one. He still looks calm, but he must be growing concerned by now. If he is, it doesn't show. Faircloth jumps to a nearby bridge and retrieves a crankbait past the pilings. He fishes every piling and then cranks the outboard. He makes the winding run out of Beech Creek to one of the bridges in Yellow Jacket Creek. He cranks the pilings here, too. After a few minutes here, he runs to the back of a pocket in Half Moon.