Jocumsen's plan

Of the Top-10 boats today, only one went down the lake — the rest headed up. Carl Jocumsen is starting Championship Sunday in third place with a three-day total of 35 pounds, 3 ounces.

He told me early that he was planning to bounce around a lot today, spending 20 to 30 minutes per spot before moving on.

“The key is to keep your bait in front of as many fish as possible, and with as spread out as they are, moving a lot should be the ticket,” he said. “I’m going to need 15 to 16 pounds today to have a shot. On this lake at this time of year, a 4-pound deficit is a big gap to close.”

His first spot this morning is at the tip of a long underwater point, and he’s fishing slow and thoroughly looking for his first bite.

Conditions today are manageable, but could become challenging for offshore spots as the day goes on. Winds out of the south at 10 to 15 mph, maybe more, will make the vertical game in rough waters difficult.

Rain and storms are likely this afternoon, especially near evening, so they may dodge a weather bullet today if the weather holds off. 

More to come.