Does he have enough to stage a stunning comeback?
One of the friendliest people in Bull Shoals, Ark., was born in Mumbai, India. His name is Tejas Parekh, better known at T.J.
Jason Christie is back where he's caught his weight. I'm sure he's hoping the school is ready to snack again. He's found a deep hole where this bigger fish are sitting, probably waiting for their turn to hit the bank. Meanwhile, they are gorging on shad. He won't have much time. He has to allow at least 30 minutes to get back, which means not much more than that of fishing time.
After a few minutes of flipping and looking for bedding fish, we are back in the area we believe Jason Christie started this morning. We are not where the breaking fish were, but in the creek below. As wonder would have it, there are fish breaking here. He's still looking for that 4-pound bite to seal the deal.
Jason Christie has made a move about 3 miles upriver, leaving the breakers behind. He's now in a cove where the wind is whipping through hard enough to almost create whitecaps. It looks like he's still swimming the jig. True fortune shined on him when he found those breaking fish. If he's able to pick up 4-pound plus on this swing, then he's truly in a zone where he can do no wrong. He quickly moves into a short pocket and begins flipping to flooded brush.
It had to have been a difficult decision for Cliff Prince to leave Yocum Cove at noon today, especially after what Steve Kennedy witnessed after noon there yesterday. But Prince caught his two biggest bass yesterday back down the lake in Gunnel Fork, which splits off from Little Sister Creek, not far from Bull Shoals Boat Dock. The move has quickly paid off. Prince has culled up twice now. The latest was a football-shaped spotted bass that replaced a smallmouth. Prince also caught a good eating-size walleye. So the fish are definitely biting here.
Yocum Cove has quit producing for Cliff Prince. He just released a short fish. He hasn't caught anything that has helped him since he reached the five-bass limit. "I thought for awhile that Steve (Kennedy) and I had caught them all," Prince said earlier. "But every fish I've caught today had two or three with it, so there's plenty of fish in here." But Prince isn't sticking around to look for any more of them. He's headed out of here, and Cliff Pace is coming back in Yocum Cove.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Bob King.
The breaking action has slowed way down for Jason Christie. A few minutes ago he was able to get his spook in front of a breaker and quickly reeled in a 2 1/2 pounder.
I just received this note from Tournament Director Trip Weldon.