Tharp's hunch about the back of the tributary didn't pay off. He dropped his Power Poles a couple of times and saturated discrete areas, all to no avail. We'd assumed he would continue to work down the lake like he did yesterday, but he fooled us by heading back upstream, ending up above and across from where we started on him this morning. He's back in another creek, working a shallow boathouse under sunny skies.
Jordan Lee just culled for the second time, this time replacing a 3-pounder with a fat 5. He's having his way with the big girls in shallow water.
DeFoe left square one and his boat was out of sight before we got underway. It took us 45 minutes to find him. He was fishing another stretch of riprap off the main lake. He still has only one bass. He laments the lack of wind today. He's off and running again. Gotta go.
Randy Howell boats a fish at the Spring Creek Causeway. Photo: Bob Payne
Here's a GoPro video via Shaye Baker of Randy Howell's massive morning. See below for a great BassCam from Mitchell Jennings as well.
Things have slowed for Paul Mueller, both in terms of fish catching and crowd participation. The helicopter with GoPros did swing by, though. Mueller has landed a short in the last little while, but other than that, there’s not much doing.
For the first time today, Tharp has run a fair distance back into a tributary. On the way, he had to pass the spot where the service crew met him yesterday. There are loads of birds working back here, which we assume means it's loaded with bait fish. After a handful of casts, he sat down, started up the big motor and headed even further back into what looks like a textbook spawning area. Not sure if this was part of the original plan or an audible like the one he mentioned a short while ago.
Edwin Evers worked back within talking distance of the spectator/media flotilla a few minutes ago, and ESPN photographer Marty Dashiel broke the ice, shouting, "Y'all get off my spot. I'm coming back here next week." That elicited laughter from the gallery, and prompted Evers to explain that he was just a little frustrated earlier. We explained to Evers that a little heads-up from him will allow us to stay out of his way. Let's call it a truce, shall we?
We just heard Tharp describe to his cameraman how he called an audible in a tournament years ago, but he hasn't pulled the trigger on a major change quite yet. He just idled a hundred yards or so to a high spot in the grass. Several spectators were sitting very close and they quickly scrambled to get out of his way.
Tharp has moved again, this time to the opposite side of the old river channel. He's closer to the bank, not quite as exposed. Of course we've heard the reports that other anglers like Randy Howell and Paul Mueller are having early success, but Tharp almost certainly has not. As the sun blares and the air temperature rises, he's probably thinking that his bite can only get better.