Dean Rojas has returned to his primary game plan. We've left the area next to the dam. It's still on the lower end of the lake, but closer to the spots Rojas fished Friday and Saturday. He's hugging the boat docks again, which is the pattern he's been fishing the past two days.
Bobby Lane made a move to his second spot. he said, ''I caught a 4 1/2-pounder here during practice." He is as cool as a cucumber. But I'm as nervous as a long tailed cat sitting close to a rocking chair.
Chris Lane Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Grant Pentiricci
Rojas has two in the livewell now, boating a 1 1/2-pounder down near the dam. Dean Rojas has drastically changed tactics this morning. Yesterday he fished around boat docks almost exclusively. After hitting a couple of his primary locations from the first two days, he moved to an area near the dam about an hour ago. The move has paid off with two fish. He's fishing much deeper than he has the past two days, keeping an eye on his electronics.
Among Ike's followers today are Dave Graham and Paul Conti, who came down Concord, N.C. They say Ike is among their favorites, but Graham wanted to follow Ike because he's also from New Jersey. "Gotta go with the homeboy," he said.
Ike is working deep brush with a football jig trying to scare up a big bite.
Bowman and I have established an over/under on the duration of Tak's average cast. He is betting on the over. Stopwatch set...cast is made...and... Wait...wait some more. Eat a sandwich. Watch a Golden Girls rerun. And mark it: two minutes. I win, but Bowman is trying to go back on his word because it was a jig, not a dropshot. We'll need a ruling on this from Trip Weldon.