Third keeper in the boat. Look out Bassmaster Classic! Update by Bassmaster Marshal Mark Capelle
There are roughly 3 acres of water in this photo. On those 3 acres sit three boats. One belongs to James Elam, who won an automatic berth to the Bassmaster Classic last week in the Fort Gibson Open. Another is Brett Hite, who has unofficially put himself in the Classic by fishing well here this week. The third angler is in a different boat altogether. Scott Rook came into this event safely inside the Classic 40 cut but has steadily dropped in the standings to 47th on the heels of a couple though days here at Sturgeon Bay.
Morizo Shimizu is not in a happy mood today as he goes from bridge to bridge hoping for some sort of miracle that gets him back to the Classic. I am not a math major, but I'm pretty sure it's not happening for him this year. But he's still focused, and not his usual happy self. Chris Lane, on the other hand, is telling us he wishes he had coffee and pointing out dead ducks on the other side of our boat.
KVD nabs a nice 4-pounder on some new shoreline in shallow water. Photo and update by Bassmaster Marshal Steve Nooyen
Ott DeFoe's first catch of the day. Around 3 pounds.
James Elam finds a good fish, but didn't feel like showing it to us. Elam is in pretty good position to fish the Classic, and with fish like that he should start looking up good restaurants in Tulsa.