Bobby Lane's marshal, Brent Ellens, tells us things are slow for the Florida angler. But Lane just culled and gained a few ounces.
We drift a little too close to Mark Davis, close enough for a little idle conversation before we pull away. As we're talking to him, he nails bass number five. The smallmouth is't huge, but it gets the limit monkey off of Davis' back. Are his bass finally ready to cooperate?
Morizo Shimizu is culling. "He's changing baits for 'Big One,'" said his Marshal, Jeff Amos.
After a long spell without a bite, Davis circles back to where he caught his bass earlier this morning. It takes awhile, but he finally sets the hook into bass number four. This smallmouth is a high jumper. It clears the water several times before Davis hauls it aboard.
Mark Davis is patiently drop shotting, but his technique is unlike what I've seen other Elite pros doing. Davis is making long casts as opposed to short pitches and vertical presentations. He is also working the drop-shot rig slowly over the bottom with an extremely high rod tip.
Even though Davis has some of the top finesse fishermen on the Elite tour on his tail, including wonderboy Aaron Martens, he's my pick to win this event.
Derek Remitz's marshal tells us Derek has a limit for about 18 to 19 pounds of quality Lake Erie smallmouth. Nice calm conditions are making drop shotting a pleasure.
Dave Mercer and Edwin Evers talk about his Plano Championship Chase execution and his chances of taking home the AOY trophy.
When passing nearby, Takahiro Omori said, "I've got 5. Maybe 15Lbs".
A nice half pound upgrade with this 3.5 pounder for Keith Poche. Photo by marshal Ed Dyer