As I feared in my preview earlier in the week, the cold front has supplanted itself in Russellville this week. Temperatures are hovering in the 40s early on, and the fog delay is significant for everyone.
Just caught up with Chris Zaldain who caught all his fish in a flurry and has about 17 pounds with his kicker be on the heavy side of 5. Zaldain was in 14th to start the day and undoubtedly he has his sights on a second top-12 in a row.
Jason Williamson signaled three fish and said they went maybe 9 pounds when we came up to him. A moment later he set the hook hard and folded over his rod. He grabbed the line, dropped the rod and hand-lined in No. 4. He's been catching fish in the afternoon but only has an hour left to make some noise.
Randy Howell's goal is to catch 22 pounds today. But it's not because Day 1 leader John Crews caught 22 pounds yesterday. "Today is my 22nd (wedding) anniversary, so my goal is to catch 22 pounds," said Randy, who noted that his wife, Robin, is accustomed to these anniversary celebrations at bass tournaments.
Dean "The Machine" Rojas was down in the dumps when we spoke with him. "I have 5," said Rojas. "But no size whatsoever." Same song for many of the anglers today. Last hour and half yesterday was key, maybe today will be too.
Leaving Hackney, we see Jason Williamson around the bend leaving, but Jason Christie is close and we stop to watch him fill his limit. "Slow is not the word," he said about his day. "I don't think I would have caught this if the wind hasn't picked up." He joked that he had a total of about 3 and a half pounds, then amended it to 10.