Brandon just caught his fifth keeper right before we got to him. It's been a tough day for him; he has about 11 pounds in the livewell.
We've moved to the mouth of Big Creek, and within a few casts Mark Davis hooks up with a solid fish. It's close to 3 pounds but doesn't make the cull. We've seen him throw four or five like that back. Ordinarily that would mean he has a giant sack, but on this lake the fish seem to be almost identical.
Jeff Kriet said he is having good day. He started fishing where he has been fishing everyday and had 9 bites in 25 minutes this morning, including a 4-pounder. Now he has another nice one and three decent ones.
Mark Davis is definitely on the prowl for a big fish. He's throwing the crankbait more and hitting those shelves where there's a mixture of standing cedars and hardwoods. He's moving a bit faster than he has all day, at least on the trolling motor. He probably knows that the big fish is key. He may actually think that he's behind Mike McClelland as well, instead of in a virtual tie. Regardless the outcome is the same - catch a big one or go home.
This day is coming down to a nip-and-tuck kind of thing with at least three horses making a charge for the finish line. This day is the exact reason we created the "First Look with Davy Hite." Something will happen as this event winds down and is often the case we won't see it until the weigh in. Davy Hite knows all too well the thrill of victory and agony of defeat that will likely take place these last few hours.
Mark Davis is the first Elite angler to post three consecutive Top 3 finishes and is in position for a fourth. He ranks fourth after three days at Table Rock. Skeet Reese posted five straight Top 5 finishes in 2010. Reese and Aaron Martens share the record for consecutive appearances in the finals (Top 12) with six.
Davis has finally left his first spot and has moved up the lake into a fairly large pocket off the main river. He's cranking and seems to be sticking to the points and flat shelves that come off them. All the banks are rocky and appear to be transitional areas. When gets close to a shelf that meets a timber line he seems to really work on them then.
Mark Davis has obviously been in this position before, and he's fishing like it. What I mean by that is there's very little animation that comes with his casting or catching. He's like watching a statue and every once in a while a fish jumps to his hands. There's no knee bending, running around the deck. It's like he's fishing his favorite pond and just wacking them without a care in the world.