We left Elias to sit with Matt Reed. As soon as we pulled up he caught his limit fish, a 2-pounder. That was his smallest in the well. He has a 6, 5 and a 4 to go with two keepers. He figures 19-pounds total. And like all these pros, he was quick to point out "it's not enough." That could be the case for Reed. He should have enough to fish Friday, but he's a heavy favorite in this event. My guess is he still has visions of winning, which means he needs to be knocking on the 30-pound door by day's end.
We’ve caught up with Rick Morris, who’s currently working a hump. There are several in the area, but he said that the one he’s fishing has been the only one that’s any good. It tops out at 14 feet or so of water and is littered with rocks. He’s throwing a Carolina rigged lizard and is inching it along. We’re just into Mexico. Morris says he’s got roughly 20 pounds already, but is looking for a few big bites. He’s got cookie-cutter 4s.
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.