Tharp has moved back to the spot on the main lake where we found him first thing both yesterday and today. At first I thought the move reeked of desperation, the type of place you go to fill out a limit, not win the Bassmaster Classic. Perhaps he's assuming it's been tough for everyone else and a few 3- and 4-pounders will give him enough to squeak by.
DeFoe did jump his starter battery to a trolling motor battery so he's good to go. "User error," he said. "I didn't charge it long enough last night."
DeDoe just went to the back of his boat and opened the hatch to the battery compartment. He was in there for a few minutes fiddling around. It looks like he may have been jumping from one battery to another. He has been checking his livewells frequently. Perhaps his starter battery is giving him trouble. If that's true his depthfinders may not work right either. This could be a serious problem.
Tharp's gallery has dwindled to about a dozen boats plus one jet ski doing donuts just up the creek. We just overheard him tell his cameraman that he plans to stay about another 10 minutes. He's gotten the bites he needed here, but hasn't been able to put them in the boat. Maybe this is a tactic he'll replicate elsewhere, or maybe he'll go back to the lures and places that got him to this point.
Evers has landed two fish in a matter of minutes, but neither helped the cause. I can't say if he's losing faith in this area, but I can report that he's losing spectators. The gallery is down to 10 boats.
Follow along with Tharp on Day 3 of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
Jordan just landed another one, but the 2 pounder won't help him. It's the second bass we've seen during the Classic that was tagged for research purposes.
This morning you could just sit on a bridge and watch Randy Howell bring bass after bass. Most of the time here at bassmaster.com we have the best seat in the house. Not today.
Randy Howell has thought for a long time that someone could make a charge up the leaderboard on the final day of the Classic, like Howell is doing today. Unprompted, Howell offered the following after Saturday's weigh-in: "This is probably one of the few places we could have a Classic where you could see a big-time spoiler win this thing. I've been saying for the last month that anyone in the top 10 or 12 could win this on the last day."