Martens just caught his fifth keeper of the day, weighing about 2 1/2 pounds. Now he is going for a big one.
We drifted close to Kevin VanDam for a little chat. He estimates he has 12 pounds of bass in his livewell. I asked if he'd mind turning down the wind. He smiled and said, "no, turn it up." Sure enough, the wind appears to be helping him. KVD caught a 3-pounder a few minutes ago and culled up. Well, as I was typing he caught another fish and culled again.
Lowen has been fishing the dirtier water in Long Creek, using various orange/crawfish colored crankbaits.
Brandon Palaniuk just caught a keeper, estimated at 2.8 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Richard Kiblinger
Davis is the antithesis of KVD when it comes to speed. While KVD covers a lot of water, Davis has been slow and meticulous. We are still in the first place he started and Davis has easily caught two dozen fish in that time, often sitting his boat in the same place for several minutes casting to the same place. It's been said he's a master at milking a school of fish. You can see that mastery today and it comes one slow cast after the other.
Kevin VanDam is on fire, catching two fish with three casts. The first fish was a 3-pounder or more. He's throwing a crankbait now.