Luke Estel started Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open in 3rd place on the pro side with 11 pounds, 2 ounces. He was just 12 ounces off the lead to start the day and is in a good position after a tough Day 1 for the 178-boat field.
Do or die for Estel
"I'm staying in this place all day," Estel said. "The only way I would leave here is if I caught a good bag pretty quick."
With the weights stacked so tight, a three-pounder is more crucial than ever. Estel said there is no point in abandoning this backwater pond because we aren't guaranteed tomorrow. That is true for both life and the sport of bass fishing. If Estel holds anything back today or tries to save it he may not get a shot at tomorrow.
He has already been gifted a "bonus" fish this morning as he made a guy decision to cast off the other side of the boat and it yielded a 2+ pounder. He seems to have this tiny backwater pond to himself and he hopes it stays that way for today and possibly tomorrow.