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Zaldain ups his game

Zaldain ups his game

By Andy Crawford

Chris Zaldain left his starting spot with two smallies in the boat for about 5 1/2 pounds, and I headed in to work up the photo gallery (which will be available soon) because he told me yesterday...

Combs sneaking up

Combs sneaking up

By Andy Crawford

The 8 o’clock hour was good to Keith Combs, producing almost 8 of the 10 pounds he’s put in the boat. He was still in fifth when we pulled up, but he’s been whacking on the spotted bass to...

Zaldain strikes

Zaldain strikes

By Andy Crawford

Chris Zaldain headed up the lake to fish for largemouths early, and that decision has already paid off in a big way. He missed a bite on a swimbait, switched to a small jig and on the first...

Loughran on the hunt

Loughran on the hunt

By Andy Crawford

Bassmaster Elite pro Ed Loughran has a limit for about 9 pounds. But he doesn’t feel secure yet.He’s hoping to trade out at least one of the two squeaker spotted bass in his livewell for a...

Wind concerns

Wind concerns

By Andy Crawford

Frank Talley tried to fish main-lake stretches of bank, but he didn’t stay long before finding protected pockets.“I like wind; it’s why I’m getting some of my bites,” Talley said “But it’s keeping...

Talley on the board

Talley on the board

By Andy Crawford

Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Frank Talley just put his first bass of the day in the livewell, a 2-pound smallie that fell for a topwater on a wind-blown bank.But he had to be patient before...

That face says it all

That face says it all

By Andy Crawford

Anglers have talked this week about weeding through throwbacks to catch keepers, but Jason Williamson is showing just how many small bass are swimming in Lake Tenkiller.He’s been picking apart a...

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

By Andy Crawford

I followed Caleb Sumrall all morning long, and photographed him catching numbers of bass. But only one small keeper. Finally making the decision to pull off and work up the photo gallery (which...

Zaldain with a move

Zaldain with a move

By Andy Crawford

Zaldain moves, lands No. 2Chris Zaldain didn’t give his steep ledge long this morning. He moved to an area directly across from the landing, and has been alternating between a wacky rig and an...

Zaldain on the board

Zaldain on the board

By Andy Crawford

Chris Zaldain is back on the steep ledge he’s been fishing all week and he just scored his first bass of Championship Sunday. The 2-pound smallie isn’t the big largemouths he’s really looking for,...

Zaldain on the move

Zaldain on the move

By Andy Crawford

Chris Zaldain caught one 3-pounder on his starting area, where he caught many of his big bass the past two days.But he abandoned the deep ledge barely more than an hour after his first cast....

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