New’s late morning flurry

Coming into Day 4, Elite rookie Bryan New said he needed to maintain the quantity of fish he had been catching the past two days, but he also needed to increase the quality. Prior to Championship Sunday, he had not had what he’d call a “big bite,” but that changed, thanks to a late-morning flurry. 

According to BassTrakk, New caught a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass at 11:24. He followed 7 minutes later with a 4-5 and, after 15 minutes, he added a 3-9. That rapid-fire session of quality bites helped push New’s limit to an estimated 21-8. 

As of 12:20, New holds a 6-12 lead over the cagey veteran Greg Hackney. (All numbers are unofficial until weigh ins.)