Livesay’s 42-3 is 3rd best all-time

Lee Livesay has put himself in the B.A.S.S. recordbook today. And he’s still got almost two hours left to fish on Lake Fork. Livesay culled his little fish - a 4-1 - with a 7-14. The longtime Lake Fork fishing guide, who complained yesterday about not catching a 7-pounder in three days on this incredible lake, now has a limit of them.

His current total of 42 pounds, 3 ounces, is the third-best five-bass limit in B.A.S.S. history. It’s topped only by Dean Rojas’ 45-2 on Florida’s Lake Toho, Jan. 17, 2001, and Terry Scroggins’ 44-4 at Texas’ Lake Falcon, April 6, 2008. Dropping to fourth on the list is 42-0 by Aaron Martens on Falcon.

Added to his remarkable day, Livesay is doing it primarily with a topwater walking bait, with an armada of friends surrounding him, on “Bassmaster LIVE.”

Livesay: “Oh my God, what a bass!”

Lee Livesay continues to work his magic on a magic Lake Fork. When another big bass blew up on his topwater lure, Livesay was praying it stayed hooked up. When he saw it was barely hooked in the nose, he prayed even harder. There was no horsing this fish. And when he finally landed it, Livesay could only say, over and over and over, “Oh my God, what a bass!”

It was a beautiful pre-spawn largemouth weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces. To give you an idea of how good a day Livesay is having, that’s his third-biggest fish today. His best five, weighing 38-6, are now as follows: 9-2, 8-15, 8-14, 7-7 and 4-1.

Almost everyone thought it would take a 30-pound bag to win today. Livesay’s got almost three hours to top 40 pounds with a big cull of that “little” 4-pounder in his limit.

Cappo lands back-to-back 5s

Adding to the craziness of this day on Lake Fork, Quentin Cappo landed one of the more unusual back-to-back 5-pounders you’ll ever see. It was all captured on "Bassmaster Live.” Cappo had been stuck on one bass, also a 5-pounder, for over two hours. Then he landed a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass that was barely hooked on a single treble of a crankbait. Cappo pitched, not cast, but pitched the crankbait back in the water to remove a backlash from his reel. Suddenly his rod loaded up.

“Are you kidding me?” Cappo said. “I don’t even know. I don’t even know. That just happened. I thought I was hung on my PowerPole.”

It was a 5-pound, 10-ounce bass on the end of his line this time. That gives Cappo 16-9 for the day. With 3 fish, he’s only 13-1 behind leader Lee Livesay. That way this day has gone, 13-1 doesn’t sound like much.

Walters second man over 100 today

When Lee Livesay topped the century mark earlier this morning, he knew it wasn’t going to be enough at Lake Fork. Patrick Walters has demonstrated why. Walters topped 100 pounds - 100-10, to be exact - with a 5-4 that engulfed a big topwater lure. He’s got 29-8 today and trails Livesay by only 3 pounds now.

“I’ve never seen fish that bite where the Spook disappears,” said Walters, who topped 100 pounds the last time the Elite Series was here last November. Walters won that tournament by almost 30 pounds. This one is going to be a battle to the last minute today. In the previous three days of this tournament, the afternoon bite, from about 12:30 until 3:00, has actually produced more big bass than the morning flurry.

Plenty of time

There is still plenty of time for Chris Zaldain to make up the deficit he has on Lee Livesay.

But luck has got to start changing for him. That sounds weird considering he has four in the boat for 21 pounds and change.

Consider, though, in the last hour he’s had four bites. And he’s lost three of them. Two of those were in the “big” range. One broke off, the other just now came unbuttoned.

He’s doing what it takes to build with the exception of landing his fish. In a final day where culling 5-pounders is paramount. Zaldain can I’ll afford to lose any more.

Zaldain loses 6-plus-pounder

In every sporting event, there are thrilling seconds and agonizing moments.

Lee Livesay is obviously tasting or at least smelling the thrill of victory. Chris Zaldain just thoroughly tasted the agony that sometimes leads to defeat.

After hooking up with what appeared to be a 6- or 7-pounder, Zaldain’s line broke.

You can be fun fishing and have that ruin your week. It certainly hurt Zaldain’s feelings. But he’s in a place where he can still make it up.

Unfortunately, he needs to hook up and keep hooked three, possibly four to catch up.

If he doesn’t, it’s likely he will carry that moment with him for a long time.

Livesay's lures

You can see all the top baits used by the Championship Sunday anglers in our top lures gallery. Here is a sneak peek at those used by Lee Livesay.

He rotated through a topwater, crankbait and glide bait to cover the entire water column.

The choices are a magnum squarebill crankbait, California-style big glide bait, and a Heddon Super Spook, all chosen to mimic the gizzard shad being fed upon by the bass.

Photo by Shane Durrance.

Cappo hooks up

Quentin Cappo just got on the scoreboard with a largemouth weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces. Here is his lure lineup.

Cappo is using a 3:16 Lure Co. Rising Sun line-thru swimbait. The bait is forward-weighted to keep the nose of the shallow runner down when swimming.

He is also using a Strike King KVD 4.0 Magnum Squarebill Crankbait, and a Strike King Hard Knock.

Walters' lure lineup

You can see the full top lures gallery in a couple of days, and trust me, there will be some surprises (think Taku Ito). Until then here are the baits in use by Patrick Walters.

Key baits include the 13 Fishing Loco Special jerkbait (pictured), and a Rapala X-Rap Haku.

Livesay tops 100 lbs. at 8:16 a.m.

Lee Livesay has showcased his knowledge of Lake Fork and the tremendous bass fishery here in the first 91 minutes today. With an 8-pound, 15-ounce largemouth at 8:16 this morning, Livesay crossed the century mark for this tournament. It was his fifth keeper and gives him totals of 32-14 on the day and 103-0 for the tournament. Livesay’s previous two keepers were a 7-6 and a 9-2.

That catch gave Livesay a 20-pound lead on the field. But at this place, it’s not over. Chris Zaldain and Patrick Walters are demonstrating that. Walters has since caught a 9-5 big bass of the day so far, and Zaldain landed a 6-14.

“I need two more 7s to win,” Livesay said. It’s hard to fathom that a guy with 103 pounds would need two more 7-pounders to win this tournament. But it’s Lake Fork, where seemingly anything is possible.

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