Pete just put No. 4 in the boat. Looked to be about a pound and a half. Pete seems pleased with the action so for this morning and is in good spirits. Report from camera boat driver Craig Monnin
I have no idea what Aaron Martens is looking for exactly, but he's spending a lot of time doing it. Martens has been idling in circles, looking at his sonar screen for several minutes now.
Tommy Biffle is methodically working the banks of Brush Creek. In the photo that's Tommy to the left and a spectator to the right. Tommy is working his trolling motor and keeping his boat moving at a slow steady pace. The water here is high, up into the lower branches of brush lining the shore.
Faircloth runs to the pocket where he started this morning and goes straight to the spot where he missed two bites. He is slowly working them over with some type of bottom bait. After five minutes without a bite, he makes a winding run up Beech Creek and shuts down in another pocket. He's back to popping the flooded bank grass. That must be his primary pattern. It is still overcast, but the sun is trying to pop through the clouds. I'm hoping the weatherman's prediction of a 70% chance for rain is all wet.
Casey just put his second small fish in the boat. He made a move to the middle of the pocket. He is working pretty fast down the shoreline toward the back. He is hitting any scrub bush he sees.
Pete just hooked up with a 10-pound striper. There was some real excitement there for a few moments. The fish annihilated his lure. It cut Pete's hand when he unhooked it and cameraman Wes pulled out the first-aid kit for a bandage. Pete is back to chunking and winding now. Report from camera boat driver Craig Monnin
After fishing another shallow pocket, Faircloth runs to the bridge we passed under on the way into Half Moon Creek. He's twitching a jerkbait past the bridge pilings. I've seen many of the pros fishing bridges during this tournament, but they were all fishing the riprap. Faircloth is the first pro I have seen fishing the pilings. Now he begins to work the riprap. Nothing yet.
Greg Vinson has 2 pounds, 7 ounces in his livewell this morning with two fish.
We finally caught up with Tommy Biffle after a chilly 60-minute boat ride that included a couple of detours for us. We had trouble finding this slippery fox despite looking at BASSTrakk several times. Tommy has one keeper for about a pound and a half. He's known as a shallow water flippin' guy, and here he is in Brush Creek in shallow water and he's throwing a spinnerbait. Not what we expected.