Combs returns, and is sharing water with Paul Elias. They are talking. It appears to be a discussion on who's water they are currently sharing and no consensus was reached as to who has a right to be here. They are drifting closer so this may get interesting. Combs has decided to leave. Perhaps Paul Elias was persuasive? Or everyone is searching for any kind of bite and haven't found it yet.
Lane just boated his fourth keeper. This one at about 2-pounds. That gives him 7 pounds and change. Still no big ones. But those have seemed to come later in the day.
Mark Davis just boated a tiny keeper. But it's still a keeper. David Walker floats by yelling "Lucky!" and everyone has a laugh. Walker is still looking for his first one of the day. Walker doesn't stick around for long- he's heading west. Todd Faircloth remains south of Davis, and Elias north. Much different scene than when the full field was blanketing this area.
Chris Lane needs 24-3 to reach the century (100 pound) mark for the first time in his career. It would be the 42nd time in B.A.S.S. history (and 41st time in Elite history) that the mark has been reached during a four-day event with a five-bass creel limit.
Lane has added two to his creel in the last few minutes. One was just a keeper and the other was pushing 3 pounds. He has three total for 5 pounds and change. Right now he's in the area where he lost two "heavy" fish yesterday. He's just bopping from lily pad group to lily pad group and dipping his worm. This is Classic Florida fishing, which is appropriate for this angler.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Derek Daniels.