Lane is turning up the heat. He just added a 4-pounder, culling a 2-pounder in the process. That puts him well over 15 for the day. And making it imperative that the chasers start having some truly special catches if they hope to run him down.
Randy never found his big fish, and we are out of time. We leave him tirelessly hunting for her. It's time to get back to Palatka Riverfront and see if Chris Lane punches his ticket to the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
Davy Hite caught his fifth keeper at 1:05. It fit with pretty much everything else in his livewell, which he described as "a box full of rats." Hite, half-jokingly, said he's moving "to the juice," as he cranked the big motor to get out of here.
Aaron Martens' streak of six consecutive appearances in the Elite finals ended with his 37th-place finish at the St. Johns. That ties him with Skeet Reese (2006-07) for the record.
Lane just boated another chunker in the 3-pound range. That should give him a pound upgrade.
Davy Hite shares what he's learned through the years from fishing in Florida on Day 4 of the Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River:
Well, we tried to leave. But Randy is making things interesting. Randy just caught a "bonus" fish. A good one, 4 pounder. "That's what the Senko will do for you. That ol' Senko is a baaaad dude." Randy says it's a good time of day and he's going to show us the 10 pounder he's chasing. I'm starting to believe him. Says he's trying to be like Mark Davis. Sitting real still and just spotting beds, and fishing very, very slow.
Photographer Darren Jacobson gets a visit from some pelicans on the water today on the St. Johns River:
Randy says he sees a big one. He drops to his knees, twitching the rod. He swings and misses. Unfortunately one that he thought was a large female turned out to be a gar. He catches another small one. He still sees something in this area that tells him a big one is a cast away. He's heading back to check on the big female he missed right when we arrived. We are going to head back to Dean Rojas before our time on the water comes to a close.