I expected that anglers would be packed into confined areas, bumping rubrails, but so far that hasn't been the case. We found Brandon Palaniuk mile or so upstream from where we saw Fred, but everyone in this creek has ample space to themselves. Unclear if that was fortuitous or if after two-plus days on the water they've established boundaries and territories.
Ike just put his second keeper in the boat - a 1 1/2-pounder. He came back down the creek within talking distance. "It's rippin' a lot harder and it's a lot lower than it was this time yesterday," he said. Iaconelli confirmed that this is primetime. But he's not staying up this creek. He just cranked the big motor and said he's going to the main river. Said Pete Gluszek: "What a bold move."
Chad Pipkens putting his second of the day in the well. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Mike Keller
Jocob Powroznik with his first keeper for Day 3. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal John Roy
Our next find is Fred Roumbanis, who we're told has two small keepers in the box, but there's some ultra shallow water preventing us from getting close enough to ask. "Under street" the drone is buzzing all around him but he hasn't looked up at it once. Usually Fred is a chatterbox so this level of focus strikes me as atypical. The tournament and the season are moving forward rapidly and a lot is on the line
It's defintely primetime for Mike Iaconelli. He just put his first keeper in the boat and it's a 3-plus-pounder.
Mike Iaconelli has been steadily working his way up the creek from his starting spot. It was 7:15 before he put his first bass in the boat — a nonkeeper. Pete Gluszek says this is primetime. There's a full moon coming Sunday night, so the tides are getting a boost the next two days — higher highs and lower lows. We're approaching dead low right now, it's still outgoing, and baitfish schools are everywhere. High tide scatters them; low tide bunches them and makes them easy pickings for predators.
Boyd Duckett brings on board his first keeper of the day.