Tietje has his third keeper but it's another small one. He hasn't went this long without a big bite all week and he's wondering what's going on with the bigger fish right now! Photo by Marshal Trait Crist.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Steve Morrow.
Chip Porche just landed his 1st keeper -- a 3 1/2-pound smallmouth -- after a long fight. Photo by Blake Arkwood.
We start to idle away from KVD when he sets the hook with his long baitcasting rod. He's into a good bass and takes his time with it. After working the bass at boatside for awhile, he swings what looks to be a 4-pounder over the side with his rod. The bass is quickly fixed to a culling float and dropped into his livewell. We move a quarter mile or so to where JVD is fishing. He's drop shot fishing and has four in the box. Two of them will go 4 pounds. "They look terrible," JVD says.
Here's a tiny shot of the defending Bassmaster Classic champion, Cliff Pace. Photo by Brayton Edlin.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and Bassmaster Elite Series star Kevin VanDam teamed up
Stephen Browning's second keeper of the day is reportedly a good one.
We've been watching KVD casting and winding for several minutes without a fish. That doesn't seem right, given that he's the No. 1 bass angler fishing the No. 1 bass lake in the country.