Scott Rook was catching solid bass all day today, but he lost a lot of them, too.
The chop on the water early in the day presented a challenge for Elite Series pros on Day Three.
It's been a big day for a few top pros, especially Boyd Duckett and Ott DeFoe.
Pros watched for bird activity on Oneida today to find where the fish were.
There are number of notables who will not be fishing the 2013 Bassmaster Classic without a bit of semi-divine intervention at Oneida or one of the remaining Opens.
Brent Chapman is probably one bass away from, as he said yesterday, "a life-changing event," which is the AOY title. But Chapman has been stuck on a total of four fish for several hours now. And you can't help but recall something else he said yesterday: "I culled my sixth fish [of the day] at 10 o'clock and I never caught another fish. That's got me a little nervous." No one can imagine the pressure that Chapman will be under for the rest of the day.
David Walker talks to Dave Mercer about how Oneida has fished this week.
Cliff Prince, who is chasing Brandon Card for the Rookie of the Year title, is having a slow day so far. One fish in the livewell — a 3 1/4-pounder. Prince was throwing a topwater when we caught up with him. There's a nice little breeze blowing now. Just enough to ripple the water.
Ott DeFoe was asked yesterday if the pressure of the AOY race gets in your head. "Absolutely," he said, without a second's hesitation.