Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders are headed out to track down Tommy Biffle and Aaron Martens. Check back soon for BassCams and blog updates from the dynamic duo.
Much sympathy expressed for Palaniuk's predicament
Everything is biting so well for Kevin Short that they come in the boat unhooked! Photo by Mike Augustin
After boating his fifth keeper of the day, Aaron Martens has ducked into a small canal just off the point he has been fishing all morning. James Overstreet, ever searching for the best pictures possible, hopped off our boat and onto Martens' rig. Aaron is about 100 yards from us now, but it appears as if he's using the same technique as earlier — slowly drop shotting and milking this piece of water for all it's worth. He clearly was happy with what he's done so far, indicating as much when sidled up to him let Overstreet on the boat.
We have moved down to the lower end of Pool 8, where many of the current leaders are holed up. Greg Vinson is working some riprap lined with emergent grass. Just as we pulled up, he caught a 2-pounder that might cull one of the smaller bass in his limit. He's throwing a frog, mostly. No one else is in sight, but BassTrakk shows a gang of anglers just around the bend. As we started our run downstream, we chatted with Chris Zaldain, who was working the same point where Palaniuk got into trouble yesterday.
Card catches an estimated 2 1/2-pounder Photo by Alex Ebertowski
We came upon Scott Rook just as he was boating a bass. It allows him to cull. He's fishing a riprap bank behind the docks with a slow bottom bait. Rook is also casting the same bait to the docks, which are floating over deeper water. Jacobson steps onto the docks to get some close shots of Rook for the gallery.
All was quiet on this stretch of the Mississippi, and then Aaron Martens lit into another bass -- a heavy two or light-three pounder it seems. That gives him a limit for the day. We're guessing he has about a good 14 pounds right now, which should be heavy enough to keep him near the top of the leaderboard.