Second-year Elite Series pro Caleb Sumrall has already accomplished something that he hadn't done in his first year-and-a-half on tour - make the Day 4 cut. Last year, when the top 12 fished on Day 4, Sumrall finished 13th at South Dakota's Lake Oahe. This year at Winyah Bay, he finished 11th by 8 ounces at Winyah Bay.
Sumrall is close to a much bigger milestone today. He started in 6th place, he's got 19-4 today and he's within two pounds of the lead. The 32-year-old New Iberia, La., resident is gaining confidence by the day.
"I'm learning so much every day," Sumrall said yesterday. "I'm punching mats. That's what I do back home."
There were 25 bags of 20 pounds or more caught during the first three days of the tournament. Sumrall has two of them - 20-2 on Day 1, which put him in 13th place, and 20-13 on Day 3. He's on the verge of another 20-pound day today, and that might give him the lead.