Aaron just caught another 2-pounder and culled. I jumped on his boat to join him now.
Mike McClelland finally left his Kimberling City cove and moved up the lake to another cove that the wind is blowing directly into. He just caught his 4th keeper, but it didn't help him much. When asked how much weight he had, McClelland said, "Barely eight." His mood just improved quickly when he caught his biggest fish of the day, a 2 1/2-pounder, on a Wiggle Wart. "Hopefully, that will be my smallest one at the end of the day," he said.
While typing the last post, Davis caught another one right at the boat. Couldn't get a glimpse of the size. But he culled with it. His stringer is growing. My guess, and only a guess, is in the 16-pound neighborhood. We will check later when we get close to him. But one giant and he could be hard to catch.
Davis' spectator armada is starting to grow. It started this morning with two boats and in the last hour has grown to six boats. All of us are bundled up looking more like ice fishermen than bass guys. The wind has got a definite nip to it, and it's probably the reason Davis is sticking here. The water is clearer than where we spent most of the calm, sunny yesterday.
Davis just added another 3-pounder, culling for the third or fourth time and giving him a firm grip on that 15-pound stringer. We are still in the place he started near the Baxter area and he's been a one- rod man, throwing his Rage Menace. The bites have slowed but the quality has picked up.
Martens just caught his fifth keeper of the day, weighing about 2 1/2 pounds. Now he is going for a big one.
We drifted close to Kevin VanDam for a little chat. He estimates he has 12 pounds of bass in his livewell. I asked if he'd mind turning down the wind. He smiled and said, "no, turn it up." Sure enough, the wind appears to be helping him. KVD caught a 3-pounder a few minutes ago and culled up. Well, as I was typing he caught another fish and culled again.
Lowen has been fishing the dirtier water in Long Creek, using various orange/crawfish colored crankbaits.