Topics: Elite

Lane misses monster

Mar 24, 2012

Chris Lane said yesterday that he wasn't going to let it get in his head, the fact that he's been losing two or three big bass a day in the thick vegetation he's fishing. Well, he just had his first frustrating moment of this day. He set the hook on a big one, which quickly wound his line around some reeds. After the fish was off, Lane broke his line trying to retrieve his  lure, then banged his rod on the side of the boat.  

Kriet catches giant

Mar 24, 2012

One of those "friggin' giants" finally showed up for Jeff Kriet. This photo by Mark Zona shows what could be as heavy as a 7-pounder.    Kriet lost two fish that were in that same range. If he could have boated those, he would be in the 21-pound or better range with just three fish.    Zona said that Kriet made a bait switch, and immediately "bam" the fish bit. 

Lane shifts gears

Mar 24, 2012

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.   

Kriet just lost an 8-pounder

Mar 24, 2012

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.  

Kriet looking for giants

Mar 24, 2012

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."

Keeper size up after 9 a.m.

Mar 24, 2012

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.  

When you're hot you're hot!

Mar 24, 2012

Chris Lane sets the hook on a 4-pounder.

Observational Shoal getting crowded

Mar 24, 2012

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.

Wellman catches nice one

Mar 24, 2012

Nate Wellman lands a good sized fish, just moments ago. 

No brotherly love

Mar 24, 2012

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.

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