Zaldain ups his game

Chris Zaldain left his starting spot with two smallies in the boat for about 5 1/2 pounds, and I headed in to work up the photo gallery (which will be available soon) because he told me yesterday his No. 2 spot meant a 20-mile run.

But he obviously changed his mind and stopped short — and quickly put two more chunky bass in his livewell.

Jake Latendresse, the videographer on the boat with Zaldain, texted me that he wasn’t planning to stay on that spot long, but that he had boated a 2-12 and a 5-pounder.

About 45 minutes later he added a 4-12 to round out a limit that weighs an estimated 18-4, according to BASSTrakk. Toyota Bassaster AOY leader Scott Canterbury is showing two fish for 5-12, so things could get really interesting in the points race.