Ish is steadily giving Fletcher advice. His latest philosophy is: "If you feel it, you fish it." That was in regards to the different type cover they were fishing. Ish says Fletcher is over thinking it. Moments later, Ish hooks up and lips a 4-pound-plus, yelling to Fletcher the whole time: "If you feel it, fish it!" Ish is feeling it right now. That upgraded his stringer by 2 pounds.
Fletcher made a quick move up the lake. By the time we had caught up with him, he had limited out. Those five, though, weigh only about 17 or 18. He settled down near Ish Monroe, his roommate on the tour. Ish quickly began coaching. "Are you smiling?" He yelled. "Yea, I'm smiling," Fletcher said. "I wasn't this morning, though" referring to a turf battle between Fletcher and Keith Combs.
We caught up to Fletcher Shryrock on the main lake. He's searching for a couple of shallow bites. He has three in the well that weigh around 14. That's with a 9-pounder. "I'm hoping to get 20 pounds and then head back down the lake and hit the deeper fish," he said. Not far from him is Fred Roumbanis, who told us he was having a bad day.
Walker and Card seem to be in a hot area. Card just boated another 4-pounder giving him about 18 pounds with four fish. Walker boated another dink. Then pitched into a heavy tree, had what appeared to be a big one on, then his line broke. That's the interesting thing about this lake. Every bite could stretch things out or just be small.
Terry Scroggins is sitting on the exact spot where he caught 44 pounds here a few years ago. He just put a 6 in the boat. Yesterday he had to share this spot with 3 other boats. All alone right now and looking to make a run at a big bag. He said he's catching some of the bigger ones real deep. 30+ feet. Primarily dredging the bottom with a Carolina rig.
“Slow” is the operative word today. Rick Morris (even though he’s got a limit), the group at the dam and now Josh Bertrand are all saying it’s slow. Bertrand has three fish in the boat, but no big ones. There’s not much wind to speak of, and a thick blanket of clouds is still overhead. Bertrand is also dragging a Carolina rig, but it looked like he’s got a fat-body straight-tail worm on. There are several other anglers in the area, too, including Takahiro Omori, Edwin Evers, Mark Davis and Terry Scroggins.
It didn't take long before left for greener pastures. We peeled off and are now sitting in between Brandon Card and David Walker. They are about 150 yards apart, doing basically the same thing. But their proximity and fish in the boat are a good example of getting the right bites. Card has three in the well. All of them caught in the last 30 minutes. One of those is a 7, the others are 4 and 3 pounders, for about 14 and change total. Meanwhile, Walker has a 5-fish limit, but they only weigh "maybe 11-pounds."
Kelly Jaye, John Murray, Boyd Duckett and Skeet Reese are all working the face of the dam. Jaye with the most notable bag around 21-22 pounds. Each angler is doing a little something different. Boyd has an 8 that he caught on a Senko and Jaye's two 7's came on a Jerkbait.