A few more boats have showed up on the bridge. But all of them are being really respectful. None are fishing although some are wanting to. They seem to be waiting until Walker gets his shots in. The only bass angler to go by him and travel under the bridge is Byron Velvick. He squirted by and took off further back up the creek.
We're down to the final 12...see what Lake Guntersville gives up on championship Sunday.
Walker made a short move from his humps to the Hwy 79 bridge. "I'm going to hit that while there's nobody there," he said. Every day there has been several boats fishing the bridge. Today there are some crappie anglers there but no bass fishermen yet. True to the first cast regime, he adds a third keeper. He now has three for a total of about 6 pounds.
The final day is here and the Top 12 are trying to take home the trophy on Guntersville. This morning we saw five of the Top 12 stop and fish a bridge. Carl Jocumsen went to his normal area in Spring Creek while Jason Christie fished the Browns Creek bridge before heading to Honeycomb Creek bridge. Then we see Dean Rojas fishing a bridge even though he has been primarily sight fishing. With the wind and lack of sun early in the morning I could see that he is buying time before he heads to possibly sight fish.
After a short move, Michael Iaconelli has used at least three different baits. But for now, he only has the 3-pounder he caught shortly after take-off. Unofficial stats from BASSTrakk have Iaconelli in second place behind Skeet Reese.
Bassmaster Elite Pro Derek Remitz lands his first keeper on Day 4 at Lake Guntersville. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Eric Burden
Skeet Reese and Mike Iaconelli have separated a bit, but are still within sight of each other. So Ike might have seen Skeet land his second keeper at 6:52. It was a "heavy two," according to Overstreet after looking at his photos, so close to 3 pounds. Reese has caught almost all his fish this week on a large white swimbait, which probably imitates one of the big gizzard shad that are common in Guntersville and a big factor in why the bass grow so big and strong here.
Covering tournaments, we get asked hourly who we think will win an event. The question becomes more frequently posed and the answer a little harder to pin down as we get closer to the final day, especially here on Guntersville. Last time we were here, Randy Howell came from to win the Bassmaster Classic. On a lake with so many giant fish, any angler on the water stands the chance of running up on five big ones. So who will win here? Who knows.
The leaders are starting with a little one-on-one competition. Skeet Reese and Mike Iaconelli are within sight of each other in Seibold Creek. Reese got on the board first with a 4-pounder on about his fourth cast. With a 6:15 takeoff time, Reese had his first fish in the boat at 6:28. Iaconelli quickly followed with a bass that looked similar in size. James Overstreet and I are following Skeet today, so we are closer to him. But Ike is close enough that Overstreet is shooting photos of both.