Behind-the-scenes at the Media Room for the Classic!
Last-cast heroics? With time about done, Tharp seemed resigned to heading in with the fish he had. Suddenly his rod loaded up and he fought a more-than-solid keeper to the boat that enabled him to cull. The folks on the bridge cheered, and even from a ways away I think I could see the blood flow back into his face. He only has a few minutes before he's due in. Will it be enough, or will the big fish he lost earlier haunt him?
With time running out quickly, Tharp sped down to the far end of the riprap. He won't have far to go to get back to the ramp, so it's almost all fishing time. Playing the percentages in a spot where he has lots of big-fish history.
Jordan Lee has culled twice in the last 10 minutes, first to gain ounces, and just now to replace a 3 1/2 with a 5 1/2. Late charge!
In less than four hours, one man will hoist his first Bassmaster Classic trophy. And his life will change.
It looks like we're headed to the ramp. Stay tuned for the weigh-in (live at 4 p.m. CT!).
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ronnie Moore.
The ticking of the clock grows louder in DeFoe's ear. He's jumping quickly from one hump to another, spending only 5 to 10 minutes on each spot. He knows he needs one more good fish to have a shot at winning. He has one small bass he just has to get rid of. Time is running short, but it only takes a minute to land a big bass. Can he do it? Time will tell.
While fishing a stretch of riprap directly under some bridge-bound spectators, Tharp hooked and landed another keeper, which should make five. The fish ate as he paused the bait, and Tharp seemed as surprised as anyone by the bite. Still probably needs to cull up.