The hot zone

We must be in the vicinity of fish because we're in the vicinity of guys who are catching them today. In short order we watched Josh Bertrand, third with 45-7, and then Jesse Wiggins, sixth with 41-12, trying to upgrade their limits.

They and other top contenders nearby are all doing virtually the same things, bouncing and dragging drop shots or other finesse baits along the bottom and over humps and rock piles. If I were fishing the "bent rod pattern," this is the place I'd be.