It looks like we're headed to the ramp. Stay tuned for the weigh-in (live at 4 p.m. CT!).
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ronnie Moore.
The ticking of the clock grows louder in DeFoe's ear. He's jumping quickly from one hump to another, spending only 5 to 10 minutes on each spot. He knows he needs one more good fish to have a shot at winning. He has one small bass he just has to get rid of. Time is running short, but it only takes a minute to land a big bass. Can he do it? Time will tell.
While fishing a stretch of riprap directly under some bridge-bound spectators, Tharp hooked and landed another keeper, which should make five. The fish ate as he paused the bait, and Tharp seemed as surprised as anyone by the bite. Still probably needs to cull up.
Edwin Evers just moved back out to a spot where he missed a couple of fish earlier today. He'll have to bug out soon, so he better make every cast count.
Faircloth has been relatively quiet since we left. He’s alternating between a red craw Red Eye Shad and a Strike King Rage Blade, which is a ChatterBait style bladed jig. With about 25 pounds in the well, he’s roughly 2 pounds off the pace. With about 30 minutes left, he’s going to need another big bite to jump into the lead, not unlike several other competitors.
After hitting one more spot in Seibold Creek without a bite, Tharp sped downlake to a spot we haven't seen him fish during the tournament -- although it's not far from where we found him early on Wednesday's practice day. It's exposed to a lot of boat wakes. With an hour to go he needs a big bite.
It's back to one of the early-morning spots for Edwin Evers. He just ran to the back of the creek that produced his biggest fish of today's early stages. The wind is picking up a little more and blowing straight into this creek. We're figuring Evers has until 2:15 CT before he needs to head back to the takeout. The clock is ticking, and Evers needs to engineer a late scoring drive to win this thing. In this case, late scoring drive means a 6-pounder or better.