Mark Davis and Paul Elias, in fourth and fifth place, attempt to move up the Leaderboard on Day 3 at St. Johns River.
We lost track of Chris Lane after he left the river and hit the lake. That sounds like a hard thing to do on a big old lima-bean shaped pond. But it happened. Whether he hit a spot and it paid off won't be known except in BASSTrakk or at the weigh-in. We are headed back and several of the Elites are passing us. If things hold up like BASSTrakk has it, it promises to be an interesting outcome.
You see the coolest things on the water when you're following these people around for the Live Blog. A few minutes ago, as Chris Mitchell and I were leaving the spot where we'd found Rojas, we heard a huge splash and turned in time to see a small osprey dive-bomb the water. It came struggling to the surface with a fish it could barely handle. After several attempts, it lifted off with a 2-pound crappie, which it carried to its nest nearby. Mitchell put his camera on rapid-fire through the entire episode. Look for photos in the on-the-water gallery later today.
The pros share their waters and fish with an osprey on Day 3 of the Bassmaster Elite Series at St. Johns River.
The first 10-pounder in BASS tournament history was taken at the St. Johns River on February 8, 1973 by J.D. Skinner. The bass weighed 10-2 and struck a Zorro Aggravator spinnerbait on the second day of the Florida Invitational. His big bass record lasted just one day.
Lane just keeps plugging away. He's culled for an ounce or two. And he's had a couple of misses, but the second lunker continues to elude. By my guess he has 20 or 30 minutes before he will have to leave. Maybe less. As soon as I type that he says "let's go." Evidently the feeling isn't panning out. But he's still had a good day.
Gerald Swindle is on fire, culling as he boats a 7-pounder. Photo by Marshal Jim Lind