Marshal Chris Hosier tells us the locals are joining John Murray at his spot.
Jason Christie just added a nice 3-pounder. Photo by Lance Roe.
We caught up with John Crews on a big bay off the main channel. He tells us he has a limit now for about 11 pounds. "No good ones," he said. John is fishing along the bank in an area with grass. It's still dark and cloudy, but the breeze has dropped off. I'm okay with that!
Randy Howell just brought in number five. He caught another but it went back since it wasn't an upgrade.
Kevin VanDam's 71st-place finish is the worst of his Elite career, eclipsing his 70th-place finish at the St. Johns River earlier this year. This is the first time KVD has finished out of the money twice in a season since 2010. He has never finished out of the money three times in a single Elite season.
Greg Hackney, with two fish in the livewell, has caught a short fish and another 3-pounder in short order. That gives him three keepers weighing about 8 1/2 pounds. When asked how much weight he had, Hackney replied, "Oh, I don't know. I'm from Arkansas. I can't count." Shortly afterwards, Hackney put No. 4 in the box. It appeared to weigh about 2 3/4 pounds. Hackney, by the way, did live in Star City, Ark., for his first 27 years on this earth, before moving to Gonzales, La.
Morizo Shimizu has his limit. Now the hunt for Big Mama can truly begin. Photo by Nathan Adams.
U.S. Air Force Reserve master sergeant Jodie Haralson has had a major presence at this tournament. It was his boat that Chris Lane used Thursday and Friday, after Lane's boat was destroyed by a fire early Thursday morning.