Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Robert Chandler
Tommy Biffle just told us he has "about 17 pounds." And we're going to take his word on that. "How come they're not running any water?" he asked, implying that he'd like to have some current running through Lake Dardanelle this morning. He seems to be doing just fine without it.
Todd Faircloth, who stands third in the AOY points, culled but said the fish wasn't much help. He said he stands around 12 pounds.
Nate Wellman, as stated earlier, is on his way to a very good limit. He has culled multiple times and his last culled boosted him to about 17.5 pounds. All smiles from his boat and his marshal is having a ball. "I need more, I certainly need more." Wellman knows these anglers will catch them, even if it's been a slow morning thus far for other guys. Photo by Austin Pittman
After Shimizu caught a short and left for greener pastures, we moved to a mouth of a creek with Charlie Hartley and Kenyon Hill on either side. Brett Hite rolls in and moves to the back while Billy McCaghren leaves. Hill has four little ones in the boat and Hartley didn't appear pleased with his progress either. Dardanelle has muddied considerably and water temps have dropped. Todd Faircloth idles into view and we look back to see we passed Edwin Evers.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Leonard Polacek
James Niggemeyer caught his second fish since we've been watching him. That gives him four for the day and somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 pounds. Niggemeyer continues to methodically flip his way down a backwater, reed-lined bank. It's not easy to get around in this area. Marty Robinson just sped past us. His prop spray suddenly turned brown as he made it through a shallow spot. Somebody will probably have a story about getting stuck today.