James Overstreet and I have had an unwanted adventure finding tournament leader Jacob Powroznik this morning, but apparently we haven't missed much. Powroznik did start in the Indian Mounds area, which is where we launched. But he didn't stay there long, according to two observers that have been following him from the start. We had to run north almost to the Pendleton Bridge and idle way back into an unnamed creek arm, where we just saw him catch his third fish of the day. Like the previous two, Powroznik had to put it on the measuring board before it went in the livewell.
Tharp is working his way down the bank that's lined with grass into the back of a creek. He just boated a 3 1/4-pounder, as well as a short fish. He said he wasn't sure of his total weight, but that last fish was his biggest one. He'd like to cull everything else in his box.
db talks with the Tietjes about the pressure of fishing on your home lake.
Randall Tharp has a limit! Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Tom Cauthen
We just settled down on Randall Tharp. He's working a shallow area, making casts into submerged grass. With so many anglers yesterday keying in on shad, I assume that is why he is busy as well. But, I asked him if that was the case, and he said the only thing in the spot is gar and carp. He told us he's not real thrilled with this spot so far. But, as the unofficial leader, it seems to be paying off somewhat.
Jared Lintner keeps plugging away. He's not caught another one, but he's swung and missed four times in the last 10 minutes. He's in the same spot where he caught his best keeper and obviously bearing down. The fish don't seem to be taking what he's offering, at least not at the rate of bites versus hook ups. But still he has to be feeling pretty good. He has two and he spent yesterday not having a keeper at this point and getting far fewer bites. He did say when he does get a bite, it's a good one.
Lintner just put his second keeper in the boat. This one close to 4 pounds. It elicited a big toothy grin out of the normally quiet Californian. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Don Pippin.