Day Three on the Red River

Central Open anglers fish their final day on the Red River.

<p>Randall Tharp started the final day of fishing in 3rd place with 26 pounds, 15 ounces.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Randall Tharp started the final day of fishing in 3rd place with 26 pounds, 15 ounces.
<p>Tharp was sharing an area with 2nd place angler Chad Morgenthaler. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp was sharing an area with 2nd place angler Chad Morgenthaler.
<p>Tournament leader Mike Pedroza speeds to his first fishing location.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tournament leader Mike Pedroza speeds to his first fishing location.
<p>Pedroza begins to flip isolated cover early on the final day of fishing on the Red River.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Pedroza begins to flip isolated cover early on the final day of fishing on the Red River.
<p>Mike Iaconelli speeds south on the Red River.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Mike Iaconelli speeds south on the Red River.
<p>Pedroza started the morning with 29 pounds, 2 ounces.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Pedroza started the morning with 29 pounds, 2 ounces.
<p>Pedroza changed baits often, but the morning bite was very slow for him. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Pedroza changed baits often, but the morning bite was very slow for him.
<p>He gets his first bite but was unable to get the fish in the boat. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - He gets his first bite but was unable to get the fish in the boat.
<p>Pedroza boats his first bass, but the size was not what he caught in the same area on Day Two.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Pedroza boats his first bass, but the size was not what he caught in the same area on Day Two.
<p>Pedroza decides to abandon his primary area and makes a move.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Pedroza decides to abandon his primary area and makes a move.
<p>Chad Morgenthaler started the day in 2nd place with 27 pounds, 1 ounce. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Chad Morgenthaler started the day in 2nd place with 27 pounds, 1 ounce.
<p>Randall Tharp was fishing stumps, hyacinths and lily pads.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Randall Tharp was fishing stumps, hyacinths and lily pads.
<p>Tharp’s co-angler, Emile Gennaro, hooks up with a keeper fish. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp’s co-angler, Emile Gennaro, hooks up with a keeper fish.
<p>Tharp handles the duties with the dip net.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp handles the duties with the dip net.
<p>The two celebrate Gennaro’s catch with a high five.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The two celebrate Gennaro’s catch with a high five.
<p>Gennaro was culling early.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Gennaro was culling early.
<p>Randall Tharp hooks up in the floating hyacinths.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Randall Tharp hooks up in the floating hyacinths.
<p>Tharp swings the fish into the boat.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp swings the fish into the boat.
<p>Fishing areas in Louisiana are often shared with alligators.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Fishing areas in Louisiana are often shared with alligators.
<p>Tharp makes another trip to the back of the boat to net a fish for Gennaro.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp makes another trip to the back of the boat to net a fish for Gennaro.
<p>Tharp secures the bass in the net.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp secures the bass in the net.
<p>The two anglers change duties as Tharp fights his best fish of the morning to the boat.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The two anglers change duties as Tharp fights his best fish of the morning to the boat.
<p>The pair get their first look at the fish.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The pair get their first look at the fish.
<p>The fish clears the water as Gennaro waits with the net.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The fish clears the water as Gennaro waits with the net.
<p>Tharp celebrates as Gennaro swings the fish aboard.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp celebrates as Gennaro swings the fish aboard.
<p>Another keeper, another high five.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Another keeper, another high five.
<p>Tharp makes a nice cull and adds substantially to his final day weight.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tharp makes a nice cull and adds substantially to his final day weight.
<p>A Canada goose guards the nest it has built on a duck blind.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - A Canada goose guards the nest it has built on a duck blind.
<p>The goose sits calmly while Chad Morgenthaler swings a fish into the boat.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The goose sits calmly while Chad Morgenthaler swings a fish into the boat.
<p>Morgenthaler’s final day co-angler was 82-year-old Bill Bonner.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Morgenthaler’s final day co-angler was 82-year-old Bill Bonner.
<p>Ken Iyobe started the final day on the Red River in 11th place with 24 pounds, 2 ounces.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Ken Iyobe started the final day on the Red River in 11th place with 24 pounds, 2 ounces.
<p>Iyobe was fishing with 2nd place co-angler Kimberly Giddens.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Iyobe was fishing with 2nd place co-angler Kimberly Giddens.