Steve Isley is my boat driver these last two days. He fishes here and Bull Shoals on a regular basis. After two days, Isley is almost calling the fish catches. We've watched him enough to know when he is getting close to the juice. And Isley knows the lake enough to know what's in front of him. Of course Mark Davis is catching so many it's hard to get anywhere when he's not landing something. We lost count of fish catches a long time ago when we were in the 80-fish range.
When Mike McClelland started his day near Kimberling City, he told us he'd been fishing between there and Corps marker 19 in the White River arm of Table Rock Lake. So James Overstreet and I got out our lake map to find Point 19. "I hope he doesn't have to go that far," Overstreet said, with a groan.
Mark Davis said Friday that he was using a combination of bait-and-technique that he doubted anyone else in this tournament was using. He has been getting between 60 and 80 bites a day every day. It's no wonder that Davis has hardly cast anything else. Shown in the accompanying photo is his Table Rock Lake magic bait: a Strike King Rage Tail TwinTail Menace grub combined with a BOSS football head swing jig, both in green pumpkin.
See highlights of the Elites as they weighed in on Day 3 of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
Brandon just caught his fifth keeper right before we got to him. It's been a tough day for him; he has about 11 pounds in the livewell.
We've moved to the mouth of Big Creek, and within a few casts Mark Davis hooks up with a solid fish. It's close to 3 pounds but doesn't make the cull. We've seen him throw four or five like that back. Ordinarily that would mean he has a giant sack, but on this lake the fish seem to be almost identical.