A few seconds of excitement turned out to be nothing for Michael Iaconelli just a moment ago. He finally hooked another fish, but it was obvious after only a few seconds that it wasn't fighting like a bass. After a short battle, Iaconelli lifted a giant drum from the water and quickly released it.
If it seems like I haven't blogged a whole lot lately, it's because there just hasn't been much to say. Michael Iaconelli is working hard, trying everything, but it's just not paying off. He's back in Siebold now, retracing his steps from this morning.
When we found Christie a little while ago at the bridge, Davy Hite asked him why he had decided to concentrate on bridges. "I need 28, 29, maybe 30 pounds to win this thing," said Christie. "I feel like bridges are the only place I can make that happen. If I want to be able to sleep tonight knowing gave it my best, this is what I have to do. I may not win it, but I've got to know I did everything I could."
Steve Bowman has a deep, dark secret. Now that it's Day 4, I think I can finally reveal it. The fine folks at Bait, Tackle and Grill at Goose Pond Landing make a mean cheeseburger. How do I know this? Steve Bowman had them delivered to our boat. I think I've discovered why Steve has been covering whoever was closest to the ramp this entire tournament.
Before Keith Combs made his last move, he checked his livewell to make sure everything was ok with his fish. He found that not to be the case. One of Combs smallest two fish is on the verge of expiring. That is very unfortunate for the fish but also makes things tough on Combs if he's to win this event. Combs needs to make one if not two crucial culls to stand a chance today. Per B.A.S.S. rules, anglers are not allowed to cull a dead fish and are docked 4 ounces if a dead fish is brought in.
Skeet Reese is having one of those "magical days," like Mike Iaconelli and Carl Jocumsen have mentioned earlier this week. His timing has been impeccable. The best time for a magic day is on Sunday of a Bassmaster Elite Series event when you start in second place, 2 pounds out of the lead.
If you're not following the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville on Bassmaster LIVE, you should be. Mark Zona and Dave Mercer have declared the final hour of streaming as the "International Social Media Power Hour."
Following Skeet Reese today has provided a lesson in how to fish a swim bait. But two kids like James Overstreet and me can only stay in class so long. With our collective attention span of an infant, we ran off this morning without much in the way of lunch supplies. So I started digging through what is reportedly the built-in cooler on this Triton. At one time, this was a perfectly fine boat cooler. Now it needs a "No Dumping" sign on the lid. I felt like a bum rummaging through a restaurant dumpster, picking out the trash, looking for scraps.
In the boat with Keith Combs who has made the biggest move of the final day so far with 20 pounds early. Combs hasn't caught much early all week, but pulled up on a ledge this morning and put five solid fish in the boat fast. Two of those are in the 5-pound range, a 4-pounder and then a couple closer to 3 pounds. With one or two big culls, Combs definitely stands a chance. Especially considering all his weight yesterday came later, on a Strike King Pure Poison Vibrating Jig after 11 o'clock.
For the final hour of today's Bassmaster LIVE coverage, Kevin VanDam will provide analysis along with Tommy Sanders, Mark Zona and Dave Mercer. KVD joins the broadcast a little past 11:00 Central. Tune in now for time with the most accomplished Elite angler on the tour today!