Aaron Martens has qualified for six consecutive Elite finals (Top 12). That ties him with Skeet Reese (2006-07) for the record. Martens is in 32nd place going into Day 3 at the St. Johns River.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Julio Peralta
Randy Howell just caught his third keeper, but he doesn't want to have any of these bass in his livewell at the end of the day. Mostly he's been content to cruise through this area and look. The overcast is about to burn off and the light is getting right.
Ott DeFoe is working slowly across the giant grassbed that has seen so many anglers over the past three days. He has one fish, a 4-pounder, in the livewell. Today's conditions are not nearly as good for seeing bed fish, but Randy Howell across the way has his Power-Poles down and appears to be laboring over one. We are riding with Cliff Prince, who explains that this area is so good because this big grassbed is framed by two springs that keep the water clean and stable compared to the river water, which is dirtier because of heavy rains in recent weeks.
As the wind increases the sun is burning through the clouds Elias just lost another big fish. He went to his knees and removed his hat in disgust. After a moment he regained his composer and fired right back into the heavy vegetation. He is doing a great deal if talking with his Marshal.
Chris Lane has a full compliment of media boats this morning. He's got a Bassmaster cameraman with him, which comes with a boat and Marshall following. Then there's an additional Bassmaster cameraman. It's shooting the slow-mo video you often see in the show. Then there's Seigo Saito, shooting for Bassmaster Magazine, our boat shooting for Bassmaster.com and about four other spectators. Any way you look at it, we've got him covered.
A couple anglers are within view of Bradley Roy ... and the rest of the scenery ain't too bad to look at! Photo by Marshal Andrew Lawrence
Pictures from the Marshal's perspective of Chris Lane's 37-pound limit on Day Two of the St. John's River event.
Lane has made a couple of hops, skips and jumps down the river with nothing to show for it. On the last one he said he was going to head where he caught them on the first day. We are here now. Like the rest of his stops, lily pads are a key ingredient.