With tough fishing like we have right now on Shelbyville, there’s opportunity to make up ground, but it won’t be easy because the fish are small.
We picked up Ott DeFoe right at the ramp where he made a pass through a small cove without a bite. He's still got four in the box and though he may not know it, he's still in pretty good shape, barring a big fish or two from someone else.
We don’t know who’s going to be in the top four of the standings after today, but whoever’s in the bottom four is going to have his work cut out for him.
Steve Bowman, ever the analyst in these bass wars, notes that crunch time in this tournament day has arrived. We've seen about half the field go by in the last few minutes. They don't know what the others in the game have in their livewells, but it's obvious they're all disappointed in their catches. Some have said as much. They're stopping briefly on points and creek mouths, hoping for a good bite in all the obvious places.
We're almost to the point where Kevin VanDam should pay Steve Bowman and me to linger near him. After visiting other anglers the last hour, we stopped in on him again, just in time for him to catch a keeper. His second fish -- which joined the 2 3/4-pounder we saw him catch earlier -- should give him about 4 pounds for two bass. His expression is not so dour as earlier. VanDam was throwing a spinnerbait along a woody point. His bigger fish came on a crankbait he worked over a long, underwater point not far down the lake from here.
Just caught up with the G-Man, Gerald Swindle, whose lone 3 3/4-pound bass puts him in fifth, unofficially. Swindle is bouncing around the lake, looking for keeper No. 2. He cranked a main lake point briefly, then left. "This place is on fire," he said, a bit sarcastically.
Follow the All-Stars on the water with BASSCam.
Ott DeFoe, the presumed leader so far on Day One of the Toyota Trucks All-Star competition on Lake Shelbyville, just passed us on the way out of Coon Creek, where he put together a formidable limit. We're not sure what his 11 pounds and change came on, but he's been mixing things up with a jig, a topwater, a spinnerbait and a crankbait. All have been targeted at wood.
I've followed Edwin Evers several times in tournaments and am always amazed at how hard he fishes.