Mullins is "One-Rod Todd"

David Mullins has defied the changing nature of Lake Lanier's spotted bass by riding one rod and one lure to the top of the Day 2 leaderboard.

"We'll ride it all the way off, whether it's a cliff or up the mountain," said Mullins, after sacking 19 pounds, 6 ounces, yesterday and taking a 3-pound, 2-ounce lead over second-place Paul Mueller.

The lure Mullins has leaned on is a Rapala DT6 crankbait. He put on a show with it yesterday morning, catching multiple keepers on consecutive casts. As an indication of how hit-and-miss the fishing can be here, Mullins almost didn't make a cast in the pocket off the main lake, even though he liked the looks of the bank.

"There was a kick-out there," said the Mt. Carmel, Tenn., pro. "If you looked at that bank, that was the only thing that would stick out, that they would stay on. I almost turned around, it was so far back there. I almost turned around and went across."

Mullins said he has some other places down the lake where he thinks he can catch some bass, especially if the wind blows, which it hasn't the first two days. But he's going to stick with what's got him a total of 37-7 over two days, until it plays out.

"I think I've got a clue of what's going on, a little better than what I did (Thursday)," he said. "I caught a 4-pounder at 2 o'clock off the same place I caught a 4-pounder about 2 o'clock yesterday."