Faircloth switches to a small popper. He moves down the bank working it with subtle twitches. He changes to some type of soft plastic bait and slowly bumps it over the bottom. After a few casts, he pulls up and makes a short run to the back of another shallow pocket. He pitches something to a lone shallow boat dock, then goes back to twitching the surface over the brown, flooded bank grass. We can't see his lure clearly through the mist rising from the water's surface. It could be some type of soft plastic bait.
According to Seigo, Aaron Martens is starting strong this morning. His text: Aaron got his first keeper about a pound on same spot he started yesterday
We follow Todd Faircloth and Cliff Pace into Half Moon Creek. Pace sets down first. We pass him and stay with Faircloth. Faircloth pulls into a short, quiet pocket and starts out casting what appears to be a soft jerkbait. He's fishing over the bank grass that was flooded when the lake level came up. He's twitching the bait gently. It's colder this morning, the mid 40s, but so far it's calm and dry. It's much nicer weather-wise for now.
Pete Ponds starting off the day with two quick keepers. One is a good one. He is fishing a drain with moving current from the heavy rains yesterday, reports camera boat driver Craig Monin.
We are idling out of Perch Creek at daybreak. "We" are ace photographer Darren Jacobson, boat driver John Snyder, West Point guide extraordinary, and Mark Hicks. That's me. We're waiting for Todd Faircloth to pass us so we can tailgate him to Half Moon Creek where he bagged a nice limit yesterday. As we wait, an armada of bass boats races past. It's a local bass tournament. Several of the boats turn into Half Moon Creek. Looks like Faircloth is going to have company. That could have a negative impact on his fishing.
There are things taking place in this event that are usually rare occurrences on the Elite Series.
Photo by Don Barone You may have seen in an earlier post that I was pulled into emergency Marshal service because Kevin Short's Marshal didn't show up. In the photo, that's Kevin on the left and me on the right, shortly before the Day 3 weigh-in. This was my first time working as a Marshal. It was a cool experience despite the fact that it rained the entire 9 hours we were on the water. My Carhartt rain gear kept me dry and I got to watch an Elite angler up close and personal. Here are a few things I learned today:
The Bassmaster Elite Series West Point Lake Battle has boiled down to this: Twelve-to-one odds for $100,000.
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