Canterbury focused on worms

This morning Scott Canterbury is focused on throwing soft plastic worms. Yesterday he was alternating between worms, crankbaits and an under spin. When asked why he’s sticking with worms today here’s what he had to say.

“I haven’t caught a fish on a crankbait since the first day.”

But just as I typed that last sentence he picked up a crankbait and fired it into the waters of Lake Eufaula. Got to keep these bass honest. 
Canterbury just landed his fourth fish. On a swim jig, giving him between 10 and 11 pounds. He’s back in the lead over Jamie Hartman. 
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Cook explains brushpile formula

It's widely believed that the biggest bass in a brushpile will be the first one to bite, if they're biting at all. Drew Cook, who has caught most of his fish off brushpiles in this tournament was asked about that yesterday. Does he believe it?
"No, yes," Cook said, with a smile. "I've caught a big one on the first cast, and I've caught a rat on the first cast and a big one eight casts later. There's some truth to it, but you can't take it to the bank."
Cook sifted through a bunch of "rats" to accumulate his 22-pound, 15-ounce five-bass limit yesterday, estimating he caught 60 or 70 fish. "Those two-and-a-half-pounders, there's a million of them in this place," he said. And he's doing it again today. Cook had a 10-pound, 2-ounce limit and six fish catches at 6:14 today.
Cook is fishing a bunch of brushpiles. He described his basic method for fishing one, seeing what's biting and deciding when to move on to the next one.
"Five casts in a row, then I'm gone," he said. "I take a seven-inch (Big Bite Baits) Suicide Shad (swimbait), that's my first cast. The second cast is a three-quarter-ounce swim jig. The third cast is a one-ounce spinnerbait. The fourth cast is a worm. If I don't get a bite, I'm gone."
It seems cast No. 5 will remain a secret.
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Canterbury with number two

Scott Canterbury just boated his second keeper, a 3 and a half pound
bass which gives him 6-8 so far today.

On BASSTrakk Jamie Hartman has popped ahead of him by 5 ounces. But
there are seven hours of fishing time left and if today is anything
like yesterday, the lead will change often.

Canterbury with fast start

Scott Canterbury leads the DEWALT Bassmaster Elite at Lake Eufaula after three days with 64 pounds 3 ounces of bass. He has a lead of 4 pounds 3 ounces over Wisconsin rookie Caleb Kuphall. 
Canterbury started quick this morning, catching a 2 pounder around 5:50 Central time on a 5/8ths ounce Dirty Jig. It is the only bite he’s had so far. 
“It’s a start,” he said. “But we have a long way to go.”
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Kuphall with two

Caleb Kuphall went into this final day of the Dewalt Elite at Lake Eufaula just over 4 pounds out of the lead, and he’s busy building a final stringer if bass. 
He was landing his first fish - a 2-pounder - when we pulled up, and moments later he hauled in a bass that he said would go about 3 1/4 pounds for a total of 5-4. 
That puts him less than 2 pounds behind leader Scott Canterbury, according to BASSTrakk. 
The pro is fishing shallow, running a buzz bait through grass beds on the main river. 

Another tourney on Eufaula today

Just after the top 10 Elite Series anglers launched at 5:25 a.m. CDT today, another tournament began the takeoff process at Lakepoint State Park Marina. It's the annual Alabama Children's Classic Bass Tournament, which has a history dating to 2001. That event will have an effect on today's DEWALT Bassmaster Elite finale. Just how much is the question.
"It's going to affect every one of us," said Drew Cook, who is in third place, 4 pounds, 4 ounces behind leader Scott Canterbury. "And the bad thing is that all the people that are fishing that tournament were watching all of us catch our fish (Friday).
"It's going to be a different deal. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody takes a left out of here, runs way up the river and does something off the wall to win this tournament. Hopefully not. I'm not going to."
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LeHew experiences "worst best day"

Shane Lehew 11th, 56-9

Shane LeHew caught the biggest bag of the first three days of the DEWALT Bassmaster Elite at Lake Eufaula. The problem was his 25-pound, 1-ounce five-bass limit was reduced by two pounds due to a penalty. During a flurry of catches the 31-year-old Catawba, N.C. pro lost count of the fish in his livewells. When he realized he had six, he called tournament director Trip Weldon to report the mistake, thus the two-pound penalty.

As he told his roommate and fishing partner Brandon Cobb, "This was the worst best day I've ever had, if that makes any sense."

 It cost LeHew a spot in Saturday's Top 10 final. LeHew's three-day total of 56-9, after the penalty, was only four ounces behind Buddy Gross's 10th place total. LeHew would have been seventh going into the final without the penalty.

"I've never done that before in the 15 years I've been fishing," LeHew said. It may not have happened to him before, but it's something that happens about a half-dozen times a year on the Elite Series.

"I was on a place where I caught one bass yesterday," LeHew said. "I hadn't really thrown a crankbait. I picked up a Berkley Dredger, just a 14-foot diver. I was fishing a place that came up to 11 (feet deep) and dropped off to 14

"I went to catching 'em every single cast. I guess in that massive flurry I forgot to cull."

While LeHew won't be fishing tomorrow, his 25-pound bag indicates what's possible during Saturday's final. And it included the big bass of the day, a 7-pound, 4-ounce bass that was just one ounce shy of the big bass of the tournament so far. There were 15 bags over 20 pounds weighed on Day 1, 10 on Day 2 and another five caught on Day 3, when the field was reduced to the top 40 anglers.

While leader Scott Canterbury's 4-pound, 3-ounce lead over second place Caleb Kuphall makes Canterbury the favorite Saturday, Shane LeHew gave the rest of the top 10 proof that anything can happen.

Update on Brad Whatley

We caught up with Brad Whatley and the Texan with the excellent Fu Manchu mustache said he’s had a tough day so far with about 10 pounds in the livewell.

But overall he was feeling good about fishing on Day 3.

“It’s been a good tournament, decent I’d say. I wish I had caught 22 pound out of that big school I found on Day 1.”

Whatley had a good practice and was catching fish shallow. But he hasn’t been able to replicate that pattern during the tournament. He’s currently in 35th place in BASSTrakk.

He told us he saw a giant Asian carp jump out of the water and asked if we had seen them as well. The answer was no.

Whatley is leaving Eufaula in the morning driving to Muskogee, Oklahoma, to compete in the Central Open on the Arkansas River.

Travel safe Brad and good luck in Oklahoma!

LeHew "can't count"

Shane LeHew told me he caught 10 bass in a row just before I pulled up in him. And BASSTrakk showed him just out of the Top 10.

And then he opened the livewell to check his fish and realized something was amiss. 
“I can’t count,” he said. 
He had failed to cull a fish during his earlier flurry, so there were six bass rising in the livewell. 
He called trip and reported the infraction, and was not happy about his mistake. 

“That’s a 2-pound penalty,” LeHew said. “That probably cost me a chance at making the Top 10.”

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Logan happy with second Elite

Alabama pro Wes Logan is fishing in his second Elite tournament and was 35th in the Day 2 leaderboard. He has 14 pounds in the livewell so far today.

“After the practice I had I’m tickled to death with how this tournament is working out,” he said. “I probably had the worst practice I’ve ever had. I was trying to do too much at one time.”

That may be the rookie curse for an Elite angler fishing in his home state. They may have more knowledge than they know what to do with.

There’s no rest for the weary. Logan will leave directly from here driving to Muskogee, Oklahoma for the Central Open #1.