Evers is the 90 minute man

About noon Edwin Evers abandoned his morning pattern of fishing seawalls and docks with a swimbait and turned to sight fishing. He drove back into a residential cove and set up shop. Fishing close to the bank he has had the Power-Poles down in the exact same spot for 90 minutes. The fish he's seeing must be a giant to spend this much time on it. He's tried different baits and has spent some of the time fishing from his knees.

Evers is 11 pounds back from the leader, Brent Ehrler. And he has just one keeper in the livewell. Two nice bass and Evers could still move into the lead. "This is the longest Hail Mary ever," said Steve Bowman.

A limit for Lintner

It took longer for Lintner to land this one, that was four and change, than it did to catch her after he spied her on the bed.   Almost two minutes on light tackle. 

Lintner spied this fish near a bed and was blind casting to the area when he said "I just wish my line would move off....ooh there she is!"

BASSTrakk shows Lintner with a limit. 

Moving time

At 12:45 Ehrler strapped down his rods and left his primary area. That's likely the last he will see of it this tournament, as it's in the wrong direction from the ramp.
He headed south, picking up a few new spectator boats along the way. Ten minutes later he settled on what boat driver David Perciful tells us is an old pond dam. He's tried several different lures in quick succession, with no success so far.

Ike speeding up

Mike Iaconelli picked up and moved to the north side of the 1375 bridge. He's flipping around brush, the same thing he was doing on the other side of the bridge. I've noticed that he's fishing much faster the past few minutes and I wonder if that's a sign that he's starting to press a bit with only two fish in his livewell and about two hours to fish.

Big one for Lee

Jordan Lee claims yet another FIVE PLUS pounder from the "high seas" of Lake Conroe!!!!!! Sticking to his game plan all day long!!!!!!

Ehrler moves, upgrades

Ehrler picked up stakes and headed north. We were afraid he was going to make a long run up through the nasty stuff, bit we quickly found him in an easily-accessible cove. He's doing the same thing, just Ina different place. He may have visited here Friday, but not Saturday.

Just as I typed that, Ehrler landed keeper number six, a 2 1/2-pounder that allowed him to cull by a half-pound. It wasn't huge, but looking at BASS Trakk every ounce may help. Once again the D Shad did the job.

Elam moving up

If you've be been watching LIVE or BASSTrakk you know it's been slow for James Elam. He had three 2-pounders for most of the morning, with bigger bites evading him. He did mention this morning, however, that his bigger fish have been in the afternoons.

He fished the lower end of the lake early, mid lake during the middle part of his day, and now in the afternoon he's closer to the upper end and he just stuck a 4-pounder--his fourth bass in the day--that pushed him into third place, unofficially.

Elam is hungry for this win, and two more big fish could be the ticket to his first world title. There is still enough time, but not a bunch. He's looking at 2 1/2 hours.

But he did say his deal was an afternoon bite. He's very much still in this thing.

The voodoo that you do

I see friend and colleague Pete Robbins has been blogging about Nate's lucky shirt. Over here in our boat, the team following Mike Iaconelli has gone a long time without seeing a keeper bass. So we're going to rip a page out of the other team's playbook and throw down some voodoo to see if we can't change Iaconelli's luck. (Of course, I'm talking about Zapp's Voodoo potato chips.)

Ike has moved

Iaconelli has moved to a different spot up north. We followed him at slow speed because of the minefield of submerged stumps. Those potential hazards, however, didn't slow Ike. He throttled down and sped around the corner before cutting into this area. Interestingly, by the time we caught up to Iaconelli, Ehrler also had moved into this pocket. Unlike Ike, Ehrler powered through shallow brush at idle speed.

Calm for Iaconelli

Iaconelli is working back and forth along inundated brush, still looking for his third fish. After the blistering start with what could be the heaviest bass weighed in the Classic, he's cooled down significantly. But he seems calm; we haven't seen any signs of discontent.