BASSTrakk party foul

This isn't the first time I've been led astray by BASSTrakk, but one of KVD's bigger fish was accidently double-entered into BassTrakk, giving him an estimated 16 pounds. However, it looks like 12 pounds between his five bass is more like it.

That's what happens when you rely on cellular service technology on a lake with horrible cell service.

We'll keep you updated.

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Combs has dialed-in today

Keith Combs has a new game plan today. Over the past three days, he’s had a 105-mile round trip, south/north pattern. He starts south, where he caught 17 pounds in five casts on a Carolina rig the first day, then he goes north to crank with a Tennessee shad colored Strike King 6XD.

But Combs has realized that his weight has increasingly come from his north spot.

“If I just focus on there, maybe I can catch over 30 (pounds), and maybe make a run at it,” Combs said. “I’m trying to keep my bait in the 12- to 15-foot zone. I’m on big schools of fish, and there’s lots of small ones in there. If you throw a worm, you’ll catch one on almost every cast. But it seems like a crankbait will get a bigger bite on average.”

As mentioned in a previous blog post, Combs pulled up on a spot yesterday that he hadn’t fished in about three years, hooked up but didn’t land two “giants,” then caught one weighing almost 7 pounds. He started today with two 6-pounders, so it appears Combs is mining that 30-pound-bag potential.

Monroe playing the waiting game

Ish has found some good looking water he said, "There's shad, good (backwater), no reason fish shouldn't be back here."

Monroe said his morning has been spent fending off local pressure on most spots he's pulled up on.

He's running new shallow backwaters in San Miguel, the water temperature in the area Monroe is covering is 77 degrees, in anywhere from 2-4 ft of water.

Ish is flipping flooded timber along the bank with a black and blue Tommy Biffle signature flipping jig, and a darker colored Missile Baits D-stroyer.

"My bite starts from around 9 o'clock on, there's a bit more cloud cover today so it could be later," Monroe said referring to his flipping bite.

"Yesterday every fish I caught on my frog was a bonus fish, I culled everyone of them out, my best bites have been around 1 o'clock."

Today may be a game of patience for Monroe, but with a flipping stick in his hand he's one to fight it out.

Cherry on the board with a 4-pounder

It took a while, but Hank Cherry finally got on the board with a solid 4-pound fish.

He obviously knew he was in a good area, because he dropped his Power-Poles just prior to setting the hook.

He's said all week that he believes the fish he's catching are still spawning. So that fish might have been sitting on a bed.

KVD ready to cull

He's got a limit, and he's one good upgrade away from slamming the door shut on Toledo Bend. I keep saying that I expect him to pick up and head to the deep stuff, but he continues to dock hop. It's paying off so far.

BASSTrakk has VanDam with just over 16 pounds, which is probably close to accurate.

No. 21 is within sight.

Cherry's slow morning continues

Besides the one small fish he threw back and one other missed strike, there just hasn't been much to report on Hank Cherry.

He's been covering a lot of water with a white swim jig, but the fish just aren't cooperating in the same places he's caught them all week.

Word of the day - gaucherie

In the continuing effort to make this blog a complete educational experience, we have your word of the day. It is gaucherie (pronounced "goh-shuh-REE"). Definition: 1. lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness; crudeness; tactlessness. 2. an act, movement, etc., that is socially graceless, awkward, or tactless.

What does this have to do with bass fishing? GPS pirating and poaching are pure gaucherie.

A tree shaker

Biffle landed this tree shaker. He wants four more like this on Championship Sunday.

Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Gwen Reed

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Lane lookin' for a bonus bass

Chris Lane has had two windows of opportunity this week. One is the first two hours of the day when he capitalizes on the low-light conditions, which has made the shad spawn great. The wind and chop on the water allows him to fish the moving topwater bait much easier and those waves and clouds make the bait harder to see clearly. Those bass will commit much easier when the silhouette of the bait is broken up. 

The second window has been from 10:30 through 1:30 where he has culled up significantly every day. Three key fish came during that window yesterday and another four or five came in clutch on Day 2. 

He just looked over to me and said "If I can get a bite or two from 8:30 to 10:30 that will help me out."

His four-hour drought hurt his momentum through the mid-day so today he is looking to catch some fish and help him stay in the game until his later bite.

Montgomery culling

Andy Montgomery culls one. All of his fish coming on a bait he had not fished all week.

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Terry Reed