I just climbed on Cherry's boat and had a chat with him. "Anywhere the winds blows, that's where you're catching 'em. Plus, they're up in 3 feet of water," he said. He then had his Marshal open up his livewell to reveal a 6-pounder. "I wonder if I should pull it out separately at the weigh-in," he said as he grinned. "Oh, yes," the Marshal and I replied. He then hunched over in obvious pain and spread his fingers and palm out on the deck.
B.A.S.S. Photographer James Overstreet is in the boat with Matt Lee, who after bemoaning his one fish day to us quickly doubled his catch. What a difference a few hundred yards can make — Lee is within sight of KVD, but their results are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
We've run down the lake to check on Tracy Adams after hearing he's been on some good fish today. Right now, he's working a plastic bait around boat docks in 12 to 15 feet of water. He's in a protected cove with virtually no wind. He says he has about 18 pounds. We knew he was having a good day when we pulled into the narrow pocket and heard Adams laughing and joking with his Marshal. It looks like we're on the move again. Adams is running up the lake toward the launch.
It seems that Hank Cherry and Kevin VanDam are sharing fish.
We have less than an hour before the first flight has to report. That 2:45 check-in time is looming large.
Matt Lee has one fish for a pound and a half. "I'm not going fishing again until I can wear my flip-flops," he said.
We just came back into the area where we started on KVD. He's still there. Overstreet: "He's gonna Beeswax Creek these suckers."
We just talked to one of the boats that has followed Jason Christie all day. They reported that he lost a 4 1/2-pound fish this morning. He had it up to the boat, and the one hook in its mouth popped free as he grabbed it. As close as this tournament is shaping up to be, that could haunt him. He's on the move again.
Hank Cherry has just caught another 4-pounder, culling a 2-pound fish. According to BASSTrakk, Cherry is currently in second place on Day 1 of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
We left Christie and his army and have been trying to keep pace with KVD. He's fishing much the same stuff as Christie - main-lake points and shallow pockets - with the same success. As opposed to McClelland, VanDam and Christie are working their jerkbaits fast and haven't dipped far into creeks and deeper pockets. Not surprisingly, VanDam is throwing a jerkbait, too.