The countdown begins

Alton Jones has about 30 minutes left in his fishing day, and the action has slowed considerably. He's still catching a 2 pounder every now and then, but none of the 4s he needs so badly.

He is in regular contact with the lock master between pools 8 and 9 and figures he can fish here until 1:30 p.m. We'll stay with him until the bitter end. At every hook set, I'm sure he has that fleeting thought that this fish might be the one that seals the deal, then he determines by the fish's resistance that it's just another throwback. He's having those moments on every cast almost right now.

Maybe a game changer will latch on soon.