Ott Defoe's first three catches. Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Frank Untalan.
Photographer James "Osprey" Overstreet reports that Jeremy Starks has had a hot start to a cool morning in the Ozarks, courtesy of smallmouth bass. Starks entered the day tied for 10th place with 14 pounds, 3 ounces. He has almost duplicated that weight with four smallies that weigh about 13 pounds. But Starks has found the going a bit tougher in the last hour, since the sun has moved up in the sky and there's no ripple on the water.
John Murray is out fishing off the bank a bit. All three guys we've seen this morning are fishing totally different from one another. Vinson's working one area deep to shallow with a reaction bait and Montgomery was pitching to flooded bushes. Murray is dragging something around super slow. No keepers so far but Murray had some nice fish on bed in this same general area. They aren't on bed anymore and his goal now is to relocate them grouped up somewhere. They have to be around here somewhere. Don't they?
Bassmaster Marshal Bill McNutt shows us Chip Porche's second catch of the day.