Seigo is shooting Kevin Hawk. Our boat is over 60 feet of water. Hawk is fishing a hump that's 25 to 30 feet deep. "I've got 17 or 18 pounds," Hawk says. He has culled a number of smallmouths to get that weight. Our boat is now hovering over 70 feet of water and we are very close to Hawk. He is obviously fishing the edge of a sharp drop-off.
Britt Myers fiddles with his fifth fish of the day. As Bassmaster Marshal Dwayne Sawyer puts it, "finally five in the boat."
A few miles upriver we see a bowlegged angler working a jerkbait. It's "G-Man" Gerald Swindle. He's fishing a relatively shallow hump, which is 13 feet deep. Swindle switches to drop shotting with spinning tackle and promptly boats a 2-pounder. "I don't have but four keepers," Swindle says.
Bassmaster Marshal Dave Garber got a nice view of Bradley's 3 pound smallie on its way to the livewell. That's fish number five!
And for Josh Bertrand, it looks like he's a keeper.
We find Bassmaster Classic winner Chris Lane drop shot fishing in the middle of the river. His Power Poles can't help him here. In his livewell is a single bass. Lane is working hard to find some company for the lonely fish.
This smallie looks like he's getting the privilege of riding in a bass boat today.
J Todd Tucker pumps what looks to be a 3 1/2 lber into the boat. We have seen him catch 2 fish today & we have only cover him for 10 minutes total. It seems either we are a good luck charm or he is having a good day.
JVD leaves and Rookie Josh Bertrand moves in 50 yards downstream from where he was fishing. Bertrand immediately sets the hook and a long battle ensues. He eventually boats what looks to be a 4-pound smallmouth. He quickly goes back to drop-shotting. Bertrand is casting upstream ahead of the boat and working his bait back over the bottom. He soon lands bass number five.