Following Lane through all these idle and manatee zones has been a long, slow process. The speed limit makes me feel like I'm in an OJ Simpson chase from years ago. It comes complete with lots of law enforcement. We've seen about a half dozen water patrol boats already. Lane finally shuts down on a point and boats a small keeper.
Mark Davis has about 7 pounds with three fish. He and Scott Rook are working the same area near Nine Mile Point. I can see 12 boats in this area. Paul Elias is north working up very shallow. We also have a few local anglers working this side of the lake. Mark Davis is working very slowly. Scott Rook just landed another fish. It looks to be about 2 pounds.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Randy Phillips
I've noticed on BASSTrakk that Alton has a limit and there's scattered catches around. Meanwhile, Lane is still on zero. Mainly because we've been running and idling for some time. Evidently, not a lot of folks fished this way because of the time it takes to get around. When you can run, the speed limit is 30. The rest or most of it is manatee idle zones. I'm ready to settle in. I can only imagine what Lane is feeling like.
Kevin VanDam's record-breaking streak of 29 consecutive Top 50 finishes in Elite competition ended this week with his 70th-place finish — the worst of his Elite career. In 74 Elite events, KVD has missed the first cut only five times. He earns a check in 93 percent of all Elite events — almost 10 percent better than the next best angler (Ott DeFoe). The last time VanDam missed the first cut was in April of 2010 at Pickwick Lake. The second-best streak of in-the-money Elite finishes is 16 consecutive events … also by KVD.
That's five in the boat for Jared Lintner. Photo by Marshal John Haynes