Davy Hite said sunshine has made a difference for him every day this week, and it's a safe bet the other 11 finalists today would say the same thing. Hite is sight fishing when he has the ability to see, which he didn't have today until just now. The 10-2 he took big bass honors with Thursday came off a bed, as did the 8-pounder he caught yesterday.
Chris Lane moved to another pod of pads and immediately set the hook. It was a miss that produced a loud cry of agony. A moment after he said, "that's the aggressive bite I've been waiting on all morning."
Davy Hite has been in a long dry spell since his 3-bass flurry first thing this morning. Maybe the finally-brightening sky will make a difference. Clouds or sunshine, Hite is working a grass line along as picturesque a bank as you'll see on the St. Johns River - tall cypress trees draped in shaggy spanish moss. It's pretty for Overstreet and me, and pretty slow for Hite.
Heading to see Rojas. He is about a 20-minute boat ride from our position right now. It's not as bumping as earlier.
Take another look at Day 4 take-off from GoPro cameras on St. Johns River as the Top 12 set off to catch big bass in Palatka, Fla.
GoPro gives a unique opportunity to see the action of Elite Series pro Mark Davis on the St. Johns River from Day 3:
Chris Lane just finished his limit. As soon as he put it in the boat, he started yelling "chunker." That's code for solid keeper. He said it was 2 1/2 pounds. That should put him in the 9- pound category. With some dinks in the boat, one big one and a few more chunkers would start making it difficult to catch him.
Mark Davis hooks up with a nice 2.5 to 3 pounder. He shows it off the camera operator in his boat and he's right back to casting. It's getting brighter and maybe the bite is turning on. The only two left in this area are Davis and Paul Elias. We've seen Elias swing and miss a few times. Davis is throwing a worm with a slit tail on it.
No angler has ever reached the 100-pound mark (four-day event and five-bass limit) at the St. Johns River. Chris Lane needs just 1-4 to exceed the heaviest catch ever recorded at the St. Johns in the 4-day/5-bass limit era. That record (77-1) was set by Edwin Evers in 2011. If Lane breaks the 100-pound mark, the St. Johns River becomes the eighth venue to produce a Century Club entry. The others are Falcon Lake, Clear Lake, Lake Amistad, Santee Cooper, Lake Guntersville, the Kissimmee Chain and Lake Okeechobee.