Back thru the lock with Keith Poche into pool 5 where we visit some familiar haunts and some spots on the backsides of those haunts. There are fish in all sorts of environments---from deep rock piles to the shallowest hyacinth mats. But which spot will be themost durable for three days? Which places will even have fish on them in 36 hours? As always this final practice day serves up as many answers as questions. Mr. Poche will be weighing them all until it comes down to a game time decision.
Classic weather report calls for warming then three similar competition days.
Edwin Evers is one of those anglers that you expect to win every event. And at some point, you just know that he will be a Classic champion or an Angler of the Year.
Red even fishing small in practice
A traffic light needs to be erected at the entrance to one particular Red River backwater.
Multiple boats have trickled back to within sight of the Red River South Marina. Certainly someone could find something special in the last hour or so, but it feels like they are just biding their time.
More and more boats are disappearing from Pool 4 and heading north to the ramp. We've got reports from up there that there's a steady stream of boats showing up. Davy Hite left a while ago and nearly got hung up on his way out, but made it out OK. We're going to check around in the popular areas for stragglers then put it on the trailer.
Kevin VanDam has joined the party in this Red River backwater area, which shall remain nameless. That brings the total to 14 of the 49-angler field that James Overstreet and I have seen here since 8:30 this morning. We decided long ago there was no sense in leaving to look for other angers when, sooner or later, they are going to come to us. There is, however, one drawback to staying in this stump-filled, wind-blown swamp: Overstreet and I have taken to singing our version of the REO Speedwagon hit "Riding the Storm Out." Our refrain is "riding the stumps out," as we pinball to the left when a stump rides down the right side of the boat hull, then lean to the right as a stump slides down the left side of the hull. And it's only Wednesday. This is going to be a long week.
Angler sightings are becoming more and more scarce. Davy Hite is now in the back of Sullivan's checking in on a spot that both Fletcher Shryock and Takahiro Omori have fished. Hite barreled through a stump-infested stretch of Sullivan's (most of it is), alarming Yerger. "I can't believe he made it through there," Yerger said. We're bouncing from stump to stump working our way back. The wind that was blowing 10-plus miles-per-hour this morning has subsided a bit and the sun's come out, which may pull the bass tighter to the many stumps.