For the first time in three days, Shaye Baker is not leading the Wild Card tournament. Of course, that's very unofficial, but it's got to be disappointing to his family and friends. Still, there's lot of fishing to be done. Three of the top five anglers on BASSTrakk and four of the top eight are from Alabama. I think those guys may want this win more than anyone else simply because the Bassmaster Classic will be on Lake Guntersville, and they really like their chances there next February.
Steve Wright reported a little earlier that Shaye Baker is flippin' a black and blue Medlock jig this morning. I wonder if it's the same Medlock Double Guard Jig that Ish Monroe used here in March of 2012 to win the Elite Series tournament. Either way, that bait has produced a lot of fish and a lot of prize money over the past few years.
It's hard to believe that 470,000 surface acres can fish small for a 49-boat tournament, but it happens here at Okeechobee. As you can see from BASSTrakk, most of the competitors are in the same general area, and during the course of the fishing day they'll likely see each other on the water.
Long before I was a tournament manager for B.A.S.S., I was a huge fan and anxiously waited for Sunday evenings and The Bassmasters on TV. Today, technology allows us to bring the fans so much closer with this live blog and, of course, the BASSTrakk phones that instantaneously bring us “unofficial” scoring from the water. My hat's off to all the marshals that help to make that happen throughout the season. And specifically, I want to thank the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation for their efforts this week.