Justin Atkins started the day in a 4-way tie for 5th place. His 24-8 has him less than 3 pounds off the pace that Mark Rose has set. I found him fishing offshore and catching them just like yesterday, cast after cast. He culled three times while I watched him and it bumped his weight probably to 9 1/2 pounds. He culled a squeaker spotted bass with a 2 1/2-pound largemouth. That got him a good cull.
The water should turn on shortly in the river and Atkins will make his run up to some of his other spots.