Chris Lane has made a series of short runs but hasn't had another bite since that 4-pounder. He made an interesting observation at yesterday's weigh-in. Lane is concentrating on reed "heads" where there is a hard bottom in Lake Okeechobee. He thinks these provide ambush points for bass that are keying on shellcrackers (redear bream) as they are moving into spawning areas. "The (bass) aren't in the Kissimmee grass yet, but it won't be long," Lane said.
Some big fish are starting to show up. David Walker just caught a 6-pounder and he's jumped into fourth place. Walker's total is about 16 pounds and change. Bradley Roy has caught a 6-pounder and he's jumped into 11th place. Chris Lane caught that 4-pounder, which put him at 19 pounds and second place. And we are hearing a couple more reports of other fish we are waiting to verify.
Zona checks in from Jeff Kriet's boat where he has been the Marshal all morning. We have Kriet with five fish weigh about 5 pounds. We also had a report earlier from Zona about a "friggin' giant" Kriet lost. Those two things, Zona said, give us a clue as to what Kriet is looking at. "This place has a lot of little fish and some big fish,'' Zona said. "There are no quality 3- and 4-pound fish that really fill out a limit."
In the War Room this morning, BASSTrakk manager Ryan Watkins figured up the following stats based on BASSTrakk data: Between 8 and 9 a.m. ET, nine keepers were reported for a total of 16.02 pounds. Between 9 and 10, 45 keepers were reported for 105.03 pounds. And between 10 and 11, 71 keepers were reported for 151 pounds.
Chris Lane sets the hook on a 4-pounder.
Observation Shoal has added a couple of new anglers. Terry Scroggins just pulled into the spot where Chris Lane started fishing here. Fletcher Shryock has also joined the gang. Chris and Bobby Lane are close enough to carry on a conversation. Chris appears to be on the move and we are too.
Nate Wellman lands a good sized fish, just moments ago.
Observation Shoal is proving to be a popular area on Lake Okeechobee. Ott DeFoe has moved into sight. Chris Lane was working his way down the edge of the reeds when another Elite Series angler roared in and started fishing about 200 yards in front of him. Guess who? Brother Bobby Lane. A few moments later, Chris added his fifth bass of the day — a small one — that should give him 16 or 17 pounds total.
This seems to be the slow part of the day. For the last couple of hours we've seen some steady jumps in BASSTrakk, but in the last 30 or 40 minutes, it appears to be all quiet on this front. Some guys are starting to jockey around, but the catching has tapered off a bit. Dave Mercer just hit the bank. He will be giving us an update with Bernie Schultz in the War Room at the top of the hour.
Chris Lane just made about a five-mile move and we followed.