Ehrler with room to cull

Brent Ehrler checks in with 12 pounds, 1 ounce, putting him 4-6 behind Brandon Palaniuk, who has 16-5 for the unofficial lead. With a couple of hours left, this has become a battle between the two on top.

Ehrler has recently made a move to deeper water, looking for a few culls to catch up with Palaniuk. Ehrler is due for his big bite this afternoon, a couple of larger bites could help his case to move up the leaderboard.

Right now, Ehrler has not boated a fish larger than 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

Palaniuk's largest fish at 1 p.m. is a 4-2, the first keeper he boated this morning. Palaniuk also has a 3-7 to go with the 4-plus-pound fish.

Ehrler is in desperate need of a few larger fish.