Could be interesting afternoon

Iaconelli has settled into an area about 75-100 yards from Brent Ehrler, who has led the Classic the first two days. Ehrler caught a fish just a minute ago, and I noticed Ike glance over to his right to check it out.
This could set up to be an interesting afternoon with these two guys near the top of the leaderboard fishing almost side by side up here.

Away goes Ike

Away goes Iaconelli. We've made the long run north and now we're idling through a stump field to reach Ike's shallow area up here. This is our team's first foray into this part of the lake. Our question about Ike's criteria for making this run have been answered: two fish, even with one of those approaching double digits, wasn't enough to keep Ike on the lower-lake offshore pattern.

Kennedy surprising himself

Most assuredly, Steve Kennedy is more surprised than anyone over the fact that he's got a 5-bass limit today, and currently pushing Brent Ehrler for the lead, according to BASSTrakk. Equally shocking was that he had the only limit in the 25-man final at 10:45 a.m.
Kennedy caught only four keepers yesterday, but one of them weighed 6-5 and helped him move up from 15th on Day 1 to 8th yesterday.
"I don't know why that fish was there," Kennedy said. "It was in about 18 inches of water, and it was kicking up silt. It was in a spot I didn't expect to get a bite. I was flying down this bank, throwing a swim jig. He ate it on top at 9 o'clock in the morning. I swore it was a mudfish when it bit. It was just a kiss, right at the surface."
A white swim jig, especially early during the shad spawn, has been the key bait for Kennedy. He's also been taking advantage of another baitfish spawn later in the day.
"There's this little shiner-looking minnow that's spawning in the afternoon," Kennedy said. "They're in a lot of Texas lakes, but I don't really know what they are."

Mid morning with Ehrler

The wind has picked up but Ehrler's bite has not. He's landed short fish on soft plastics and the vibrating jig, but can't get past three keepers.
He left his starting area and moved to another bushy section less than 200 yards away. His spectator gallery went from 4 boats to 20 to 5 and is now at 10, including us.

Lee lands another

With the media boat along side, Jordan sinks the hook of his "home-made" football jig.  Slow and steady he says is the key to success.  I must agree.  It's "Hammer Time" at The Classic!

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Joe McElroy

Ike makes big move

I'm not sure if he has answered the questions from my last post, but Iaconelli has made his biggest move so far today. He ran north and entered Lewis Creek. He's fishing close to the bank and hitting docks and seawalls on secondary points, which we figure is the first place spawners stop on their way out of the shallow pockets and canals.

Fish don't kill my vibe

Ehrler caught key fish yesterday on a vibrating jig but today it has yet to produce. Here's the one he's throwing, with a Yamamoto Zako, developed by Brett Hite, on the back.

Will Ike make a move?

Iaconelli told me this morning that he'd leave the lower-lake area and head north to fish shallow water around 10 am if his offshore pattern wasn't producing by this time. Well, it's past 10 and the current pattern has given him a nearly 10-pounder and another keeper but Ike still hasn't filled a limit. So I'm wondering what's going through his head now as he tries to make the decision on whether to stay or go. Is the big fish enough to make him stay in the lower lake? Or is the lack of a limit enough to spur a move northward? I'm guessing we'll have an answer to those questions pretty soon.

Evers: lots of bites, not catches

Edwin Evers continues throwing a spinnerbait along seawalls. He still has just one keeper in his livewell, which he caught about an hour ago. "I'm getting all the bites you could want, but I'm not able to catch em," he said with a tinge of frustration. Nearby spectators talking among themselves suggested quietly he change colors. Everybody
is a backseat driver, right?

Mike Iaconelli rolled through the area and fished for a few minutes just 50 feet from Evers. But it was a tale of two techniques. With Evers fishing the bank, and Iaconelli fishing deeper in about 15 feet of water.

Ike still looking for a limit

After posting up for nearly an hour at the place where he caught his big bass, Iaconelli hasn't stayed in one place longer than about 10 minutes since then. Right now we're within a stone's throw of takeoff. Although Ike has the giant fish and another solid keeper, he's still looking for a limit.