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.
Brandon Palaniuk just caught a keeper, estimated at 2.8 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Richard Kiblinger