Margraves with a big upgrade

After catching a 4-plus-pound bass, second place angler Justin Margraves is making the long trek back to Three Fork Harbor — an 80 mile round trip. Margraves has five bass for 14-15 pounds, he hopes to upgrade on some “retread” fish near the launch ramp. This weigh-in could be tight, but if I had to guess Harvey Horne has upgraded on some of the larger fish moving to bed in his area.

Margraves was working a black and blue Santone Lures 5/16 swim jig around gator grass and dead water lily. Interesting enough, the vegetation was matted and he worked the bait quickly across the surface, much like a topwater style lure.

Margraves, who finished 59th at Ross Barnett, is hoping to stay in the Top 3 here today.