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.
I just jumped in the boat with Jason Christie to run a video camera until a real cameraman showed up. Thankfully that didn't last more than an hour.
There are a lot of reasons why the Elite Series anglers have raved about fishing Bull Shoals Lake the last two years. At the top, of course, would be the fishing.
B.A.S.S. contributor Shaye Baker gives a thumb's up from the Lowrance War Room.
Well it happened. This tournament, from a coverage stand point, presents the perfect storm. We have guys stacked up in the top 12 with only a few pounds separating the field. We put cameras with the top 8 anglers and, of course, Jason Christie comes from 11th all the way to first place unofficially according to BassTrakk with only a few hours left.
Cliff Prince has moved into the back end of Yocum Cove, near where he started this morning. He's solo now; we haven't seen Cliff Pace in awhile. With a southeast breeze blowing directly in here, while not as strong as it was yesterday, it does set up the same formula for fish moving shallow like Steve Kennedy witnessed Sunday.
Cliff Prince is enjoying the breeze filling his sails — and his livewell. He just caught his fifth fish — another smallmouth — giving him about 9 1/2 to 10 pounds. "We've got five," Prince said. "Now it's time to go to work "