Jeff Kriet said he is having good day. He started fishing where he has been fishing everyday and had 9 bites in 25 minutes this morning, including a 4-pounder. Now he has another nice one and three decent ones.
Mark Davis is definitely on the prowl for a big fish. He's throwing the crankbait more and hitting those shelves where there's a mixture of standing cedars and hardwoods. He's moving a bit faster than he has all day, at least on the trolling motor. He probably knows that the big fish is key. He may actually think that he's behind Mike McClelland as well, instead of in a virtual tie. Regardless the outcome is the same - catch a big one or go home.
This day is coming down to a nip-and-tuck kind of thing with at least three horses making a charge for the finish line. This day is the exact reason we created the "First Look with Davy Hite." Something will happen as this event winds down and is often the case we won't see it until the weigh in. Davy Hite knows all too well the thrill of victory and agony of defeat that will likely take place these last few hours.
Mark Davis is the first Elite angler to post three consecutive Top 3 finishes and is in position for a fourth. He ranks fourth after three days at Table Rock. Skeet Reese posted five straight Top 5 finishes in 2010. Reese and Aaron Martens share the record for consecutive appearances in the finals (Top 12) with six.
Davis has finally left his first spot and has moved up the lake into a fairly large pocket off the main river. He's cranking and seems to be sticking to the points and flat shelves that come off them. All the banks are rocky and appear to be transitional areas. When gets close to a shelf that meets a timber line he seems to really work on them then.
Mark Davis has obviously been in this position before, and he's fishing like it. What I mean by that is there's very little animation that comes with his casting or catching. He's like watching a statue and every once in a while a fish jumps to his hands. There's no knee bending, running around the deck. It's like he's fishing his favorite pond and just wacking them without a care in the world.
The heaviest lunker in Table Rock's B.A.S.S. history weighed 9-5 and was caught by Mark Pack during the 1999 Missouri Invitational. In 2005, Aaron Martens caught a 9-0 on Day 2 of the Bassmaster Tour event, paving the way to his first AOY (he clinched it on the final day of that tournament). Martens' 8-0 on Day 1 this year is the biggest Elite Series bass in Table Rock history.
Davis has made his fourth and longest move of the day, about 600 yards. He's right where he made his first cast of the day and eventually caught his first keeper. It looks like he's going to milk this big bay for all it's worth. He needs a 4-pounder to make a difference in his stringer. He's still wading through the small ones, but evidently he believes this is where that sort of fish will show itself. He's back to the Rage Menace at the moment, and he's caught two in less than five casts but neither will help.
What tackle is Kevin VanDam using today? He's throwing a Strike King KVD Series Jerkbait, the crystal shad color. He's using the KVD signature Quantum rods and his signature Quantum reels. I mentioned earlier he's using KVD hooks from Mustad. Clearly Kevin stands behind the products he helps create!