Cherry is back at the start of his milk run of several bluff walls and ends. He's lobbing a Lucky Craft Staycee 90 and a Megabsss Vision 110 with a blue back and clear/chartreuse sides. There's intensity with everything he does; he knows a half-million dollars is on the line and that he needs one more kicker to feel better about his chances. The 1 1/2-hour ride back to Tulsa will be agonizing. What we just witnessed was even more painful.
Pace is back on the spot where we first found him this morning ... for the third time. This may be his final stop of the day.
Robbie Floyd just told us that Hank Cherry is less than a 1/4 mile away from Cliff, around a point. Amazing that they have 40,000+ acres and so often end up stacked on top of each other.
I’m going to take you inside Cliff Pace’s head at the top of every hour from now until it’s time for him to check in. This is just pure guessing/editorializing, in case that isn’t clear, we don’t have the technology to actually get inside his head … yet. At this point, I really thought he’d be celebrating in his head, but this is getting serious.
Families attend the Bassmaster Classic Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
The word to describe Hank Cherry right now is "intense." Every move he makes is fast with no wasted time. You could tell that as he did the phone interviews he was anxious. He flipped the reel handle with his thumb as he tapped his for and looked around. He just caught a small bass and fought another drum. There are fish on his spots and he knows it, and he wants to fish them all. Everything's setting up just right for these spots to be loaded: wind, sun and no other pressure, save the one spot the locals hit after he left.
Palaniuk could have the fish to win
The B.A.S.S. Nation family has been rooting for its six representatives who went to the Classic, plus Albert Collins and Matt Lee, whose ties to the B.A.S.S. Nation are strong.
We're back in Echo Bay, where Palaniuk started his day. When we moved back up the lake, we lost most of the 20-plus boat flotilla that had been following all day. And for the first time today, I'm starting to see Palaniuk's stress level increase. Just before we left the last spot, Palaniuk commented that it wasn't a good sign that boats were pulling off of him. I wonder what was playing in Palaniuk's mind as he ran up the lake.