We saw Justin Lucas move from his morning area and fish in some rough water at his second stop. After moving from there he has gone east. He said he was going to make a run and head that way. It's 11:30 and he has been fishing in his east location for about 10 minutes it seems. He wanted to catch one more three-pounder before heading east and he didn't, but if he catches one of those big fish like on Day 3 then that will help him quite a bit today.
Timmy Horton patiently worked a spawning female and it paid off. Horton almost hooked the fish several times, then switched from fluorocarbon to braided line to get a proper hookset on a 7-pounder. It gives him three bass for 10-10 today. Photos by Kentaro Amagai, Basser Magazine
If Justin Lucas' current estimated leading weight of 82 pounds, 3 ounces holds, the average daily weight will be 20 1/2 pounds, give or take, right in line with other four-day Bassmaster tournaments held in the Delta.
Aaron Martens is camping on another big bass. "It might be 10 pounds, but I'm going to call it a seven since I was wrong on the last one," he said. Martens is gently tossing a soft plastic creature bait.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jason Sena
It's been one of those days when we seem to be just a minute or two late on everything. We've only seen Ish Monroe catch one fish -- a 3 1/2-pounder we thought was his third keeper. But according to BASSTrakk, he now has four keepers that weigh 8 1/2 pounds. He's put three of them in the boat rather quietly -- and completely out of our sight.
Aaron Martens culled twice and is now in the range of 15 pounds."That's not enough," he said. Martens has moved now to a spot about a quarter mile away to where he spotted a four pound bass earlier in the tournament. On another note, I now know that Martens falls into the camp of anglers who do like to check BassTrakk on Sunday. He's asking where Justin Lucas is sitting now.
I mentioned a few minutes ago that the first Western tournament had a profound impact on B.A.S.S. because of the young pros who began fishing our events. Just as momentous was another change brought about by the foray into the West.
Mike McKinnis, whose directions are heard by all those working on LIVE, can sound as disappointed as the angler after a swing and miss.