While Ronnie Moore is monitoring BASSTrak here's the scene backstage. Bassmasters TV hosts Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders are joined by guest analyst Edwin Evers on stage. They are providing commentary over the live feed from the lake that you see on the overhead monitor.
Another angler in the teens has now put together a pretty good limit and has moved up into the Top 5. Justin Lucas started the day in 18th and now has 5 fish for 14-15 pounds. He struggled on Day 1 at Hartwell with only 3 fish. He rebounded yesterday for 15 pounds and 14 ounces and qualified to fish the final day.
Steve Wright and myself have Expo duty and while it's our assigned gig on a day like this we would like being on the water with our colleagues. Since we can't do that we've found a bird's eye view. Here's Ronnie Moore monitoring BASSTrakk off stage at the Bassmaster booth.
Jacob Wheeler culling and catching on a Rapala Jig n Rap. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Roger Metz
Anglers don't know if other anglers have already fished an area earlier in the day, but I do. Jacob Powroznik has been bouncing around the mid-lake areas and is now in Cranes Creek, a place where Mike Iaconelli has fished. And its not just the cove, but the specific parts of the cove. Iaconelli caught two fish in the back of Cranes Creek on the north side and wouldn't you know it that Powroznik pulls right up to the same area Ike caught fish earlier.
Dean Rojas told me last night that he planned to fish new water today, and he's holding to that. The area that produced both of today's fish was new, and he has hit two areas since leaving there that are also new. "These fish haven't seen a bait," he said a few minutes ago. "I don't think anybody's been in here." Now he's fishing a long point just outside the "new" cove with boat docks.