Takahiro Omori, still with only one fish in the boat, has made another short move south. Here right in the middle of three other finalists - Gary Klein is within sight to the north, Jonathon VanDam is just south of Omori and Brandon Palaniuk is just south of VanDam. All are within sight of us. VanDam just missed what appeared to be a pretty good one.
LIVE goes to Aaron Martens, who started the day in fourth less than 2 1/2 pounds off the lead, as he landed a fat-belly largemouth from deep in the thick reeds. He said it looked like it might be one of the blackbirds, which are flitting about the vegetation, in the largemouth's stomach. "I'm on the bird pattern," Martens said. "(The fish are) in there because of birds, I guarantee it." Martens held the fish right in front of the camera, upgrading it to at least 4 ½.
Evers left the small pocket he was in and headed back south ... Then made a sweeping U turn and gunned it north. He pulled to the Arizona side of the Colorado river and started flipping the shoreline reeds. About his third cast, he set the hook. A 2-pound largemouth flew out of the water ... And then was gone. Another lost opportunity for Evers. He's had a good run of bad luck this morning. If this event slips through his fingers, there is little doubt Lake Havasu will be the background of his nightmares.
Justin Lucas was just on camera looking in his back compartment, trying to get his shallow water anchor system un-stuck, and after working for a moment he got it fixed and got it to come up. He believes his pump is busted for it. To add on top of things, Lucas just said he broke off a 4-pound smallmouth just a moment ago. He was confused to why it broke, but he is encouraged that the size is in his area.
Shaye Baker takes to the air to see the action from above.