Wings over St. Johns

The pros share their waters and fish with an osprey on Day 3 of the Bassmaster Elite Series at St. Johns River.

Ott DeFoe bundled up not from the cold, but avoiding the sun on Day 3 of the Bassmaster Elite on St. Johns River.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Ott DeFoe bundled up not from the cold, but avoiding the sun on Day 3 of the Bassmaster Elite on St. Johns River.
Pete Ponds (left) and Kenyon Martin share some water on the west side of Lake George.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Pete Ponds (left) and Kenyon Martin share some water on the west side of Lake George.
Steve Kennedy is also in the area. He remarked it was a waste of time. Our time in the area that proved true.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Steve Kennedy is also in the area. He remarked it was a waste of time. Our time in the area that proved true.
Kenyon Hill was in good spirits though, and worked the beds around us.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Kenyon Hill was in good spirits though, and worked the beds around us.
Jared Miller is wrapped up like DeFoe.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Jared Miller is wrapped up like DeFoe.
Jamie Horton shows up in the area as we prepare to move on.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Jamie Horton shows up in the area as we prepare to move on.
“Big Show” Terry Scroggins heads south in Lake George.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - “Big Show” Terry Scroggins heads south in Lake George.
We find Dean Rojas on the west side of Drayton Island.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - We find Dean Rojas on the west side of Drayton Island.
Dean has a plan. Hide in the weeds…
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Dean has a plan. Hide in the weeds…
…be very quiet…
Photo: Chris Mitchell - …be very quiet…
…and catch a bass. Not the one he was wanting, but he’ll take it.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - …and catch a bass. Not the one he was wanting, but he’ll take it.
As Dean moved on we prepared to follow. This osprey treated us to the most dramatic catch we saw all day.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - As Dean moved on we prepared to follow. This osprey treated us to the most dramatic catch we saw all day.
Photo: Chris Mitchell
Photo: Chris Mitchell
Photo: Chris Mitchell
The osprey let us know the show’s over and it’s time to find some more action.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - The osprey let us know the show’s over and it’s time to find some more action.
We find Davy Hite on the other side of the island.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - We find Davy Hite on the other side of the island.
Gerald Swindle runs by. He’s at a respectful distance to Hite.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Gerald Swindle runs by. He’s at a respectful distance to Hite.
Hite is trying to be very quiet and not disturb his prey. He pushpoles to create the least amount of disturbance.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Hite is trying to be very quiet and not disturb his prey. He pushpoles to create the least amount of disturbance.
As Davy creeps closer, a local fisherman buzzes by his boat, despite Davy trying to wave him off.  Davy is not particularly pleased with this.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - As Davy creeps closer, a local fisherman buzzes by his boat, despite Davy trying to wave him off. Davy is not particularly pleased with this.
Davy gets back to work, hoping the disturbance didn't spook the bass.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Davy gets back to work, hoping the disturbance didn't spook the bass.
It doesn’t take long for Hite to have a bite.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - It doesn’t take long for Hite to have a bite.
He doesn’t get hooked up here, though.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - He doesn’t get hooked up here, though.
He caught an 8-pounder later, but not while we were watching.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - He caught an 8-pounder later, but not while we were watching.