We just pulled up on Paul Elias, who won here in a giant and magical way in 2008. The giants and magic have abandoned him this go around. He struggled a bit on Day One, and is in danger of being eliminated. He has to perform to stay another day. Our timing was good. Elias only had a single keeper in the boat when we got here, but within the first few minutes he hooked up with a 4 pounder that put on a show for us before Elias could get a hand on him.
We’ve left the dam, and it was pretty quiet. Jonathon VanDam and Fletcher Shryock seemed to be working together, being mindful of each other’s line. However, they were still maneuvering around each other, negotiating the other’s boat. JVD has gone to a big football jig. We saw Stephen Browning up the lake a bit, and in his words, he’s “ still trying to come off this egg.” In other words, he still has yet to catch a keeper in this derby. Kevin Hawk is fishing within sight of the dam and has a small keeper.
Maybe one day all of us bass fishing writers will learn to ignore the "poor-mouthing" that occurs every Wednesday during registration for an Elite Series event. All the talk was about how Falcon Lake was so much tougher now than it was then. Some of that is true.
Duckett is fishing the riprap along the dam this morning within sight of Keith Combs and Jonathon VanDam, who are working a little farther offshore. Duckett has three fish in the boat, but his most noteworthy is an 8-pound Falcon beast. She came on a big Senko rigged weightless and worked through the rocks. Duckett is re-rigging here and said he has to often in order to keep from breaking off. "Even with it weightless, it's hard to work through the rocks," he said.
Ish just finished his limit. He has about 15 pounds and change and the fish are still biting. As soon as be put his fifth in the well, he pitched back out and broke off on a hook set. In the last five minutes he's lost one, caught one and broke one off. His spirits are good, though. He will be fishing tomorrow and it's still early. We're going to see who else is in the neighborhood.