Here is a good shot of what Pete is fishing. We're getting some different camera angles. Cameraman Wes is earning his pay today. Weather is tremendously better than yesterday's rain. This is the first time the sun has shown itself in four days. Report from Craig Monnin
Faircloth drops his Power-Poles in the back of a pocket. He must know something. A few casts later, he boats a bass on a white buzzbait. He slaps the black bass on a measuring board and tosses it back into the drink. Cliff Crochet just ran past us out of the creek. BASSTrakk has Crochet with a goose egg so far.
Aaron Martens has moved across the lake from Holiday Park to the Pyne Road Park weigh-in site. He's within 75 yards of where he'll bank his boat to bring his fish to the scales this afternoon. Martens just let out a groan of frustration. It would be interesting to see what's on his sonar screen right now. He's fishing straight down from the bow of his boat.
Pete just put No. 4 in the boat. Looked to be about a pound and a half. Pete seems pleased with the action so for this morning and is in good spirits. Report from camera boat driver Craig Monnin
I have no idea what Aaron Martens is looking for exactly, but he's spending a lot of time doing it. Martens has been idling in circles, looking at his sonar screen for several minutes now.
Tommy Biffle is methodically working the banks of Brush Creek. In the photo that's Tommy to the left and a spectator to the right. Tommy is working his trolling motor and keeping his boat moving at a slow steady pace. The water here is high, up into the lower branches of brush lining the shore.
Faircloth runs to the pocket where he started this morning and goes straight to the spot where he missed two bites. He is slowly working them over with some type of bottom bait. After five minutes without a bite, he makes a winding run up Beech Creek and shuts down in another pocket. He's back to popping the flooded bank grass. That must be his primary pattern. It is still overcast, but the sun is trying to pop through the clouds. I'm hoping the weatherman's prediction of a 70% chance for rain is all wet.
Casey just put his second small fish in the boat. He made a move to the middle of the pocket. He is working pretty fast down the shoreline toward the back. He is hitting any scrub bush he sees.
Pete just hooked up with a 10-pound striper. There was some real excitement there for a few moments. The fish annihilated his lure. It cut Pete's hand when he unhooked it and cameraman Wes pulled out the first-aid kit for a bandage. Pete is back to chunking and winding now. Report from camera boat driver Craig Monnin