Brent Chapman is rolling with a 4-pound, 9-ounce lead over Marty Robinson.
Pace's school has quit biting. It's been interesting to watch these guys fish Toledo Bend and it's obvious why the pros had such a tough practice here. Not only do you have to locate a small spot holding a school of fish on this huge body of water, but you also have to be on the school at the exact time they decide to bite. We know Cliff is casting to a wad of fish; he proved it by catching four bass in about as many casts. However, he hasn't gotten a bite now in 20 minutes.
Brent Chapman's last move continues to pay off. He just caught a 2 3/4-pounder on a spoon, which allowed him to cull up to 19 pounds. And he added another bass shortly after, but this one didn't help him. Chapman may have fired up a school of bass here. As I'm writing this, Chapman just had another bite on the spoon. And Chapman is doing all this while talking to the Bassmaster crew back in the War Room.
While the leaderboard gets its customary final-round shakeup, I'm back in the lab (home office) looking at the stats. If you're wondering how Toledo Bend is stacking up against the other Elite Series venues from 2012, it's on the middle to low side in terms of production.
Brent Chapman didn't have another bite after landing that 6-pounder. The bright sunshine that replaced overcast skies shortly afterward brought surface activity to a halt. So Chapman made a move. It wasn't a long one — he simply idled across the boat trail from where he'd spent the morning. The move immediately paid off with a bass that allowed him to cull the small spotted bass in his livewell. It probably gave him another 1/2-pound to put his total around 17 pounds.
After moving to a new spot, Cliff Pace lands a 3-pounder, then a 4-pounder.
We found Pace. He has moved from his starting spot near launch to a ridge off the main channel just 2 miles south. It looks like he's throwing a jig and using what appears to be a statue retrieve ... just standing there ... waiting for a bite. He's certainly fishing slower than any other competitor we've seen.
Horton is moving. His big-fish spot did not pan out. We are going to check on Cliff Pace. This race is way too close to call. One bite could change it all.
A quick update after what seemed like a flurry that encompassed the whole lake. That said, we have to note some of our anglers are completely out of cell service. At the moment, though:
Horton is combing a channel ledge with a Carolina rig, which is what he used to catch the big one yesterday. Evidently this spot replenishes, because he caught a 5-pounder here on Day One, a 6 on Day Two and a 9 on Day Three. He just switched to a white deep-diving crank.