Chris Lane just made an interesting observation, shortly after catching his third fish here in the last 30 minutes, even though this one didn't help him. "As bad as I want to fish the inside (of the reeds), they seem to be on the outside," Lane said. He's still got time to make a push, if he's starting to establish a pattern.
We lost him for a few minutes, but Chris Lane moved back to the north end of Observation Shoal, where he spent most of the morning and where the birds are still blaring. He quickly caught two fish here, according to his marshal, including a 5-pounder. He's got a limit that weighs about 14 pounds. "I need four more like that last one," Lane said. He has no way of knowing what Ish Monroe has, but he's thinking in the right direction.
We just got a better look at Jeff Kriet's BASSTrakk. The unit says he has a big sack, but that is some sort of technical glitch at the moment. Kriet doesn't have as much weight as BASSTrakk says he has. We don't know exactly what he has, but it's much less than what is showing up. We will get an update as soon as possible.
If Chris Lane can pull this one out, he'll become just the third angler in B.A.S.S. history to win three or more events on the same body of water. Chris Lane won Opens here on Okeechobee in 2006 and 2010. Shaw Grigsby won three events on Sam Rayburn Reservoir (1988, 1990 and 1992). Robert Lee (the King of the California Delta) won four consecutive BASS events on the California Delta between 1997 and 2003.
The weights are starting to move a little, but not near the jumps we expect to see by the end of the day.
Chris Lane just made what will probably be his last move of the day. He left Observation Shoal to come back to the field of reeds that is just northeast of it, where he sacked them yesterday. "I'm probably about 7 or 8 pounds behind," said Lane. The wind is blowing about 15 miles per hour here and there's a line of thunderstorms blowing in with it. According to the radar we just checked, it's headed straight for us.
Chris Lane spent an hour in the area where he sacked 'em yesterday, then said, "I've got to get something started quick. I think this wind has messed up this area." Lane took off and we haven't found him yet, after passing Tommy Biffle, Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese - all strung out along Observation Shoal.
Chris Lane has made a short move to a thick field of reeds northeast of Observation Shoal. This area isn't protected from the southwest wind, which has picked up considerably. Lane appears to be fishing toward a waypoint that he marked yesterday afternoon when he was whacking 'em here. It has been a while since he's had a bite.