Another day of mostly cloudy and windy on the lake, would a sunny and warm day change things? If you looked at the Angler of Year standings it looks like a 3-way tie between Ish Monroe, Edwin Evers and Kevin VanDam. Stat wise, if you are going by the weight of fish this season, the order would be Evers, Monroe and VanDam. The season is at the middle from Bassmaster Classic in January, but now is not the time to start thinking about it, you had to be thinking about it from day one.
Monday and Tuesday the weather was warmer, sunnier, and the water was a little deeper, and the fish could be found and they were biting. Here it is Friday and all of the opposite is going on and the fish are not biting and skittish.
First place, Aaron“A-Mart” Martens comes in with one ounce more than Vinson at 24-14, yesterday he had 13-5 and today he fished 11-9.
Second, Greg Vinson scored 15-10 on day one and got 9-3 in the boat today, for a pound and ten ounces more than Biffle at 24.13.
Third, Tommy Biffle, he’s not sweating it, 12-10 yesterday, and today 10-9 for a grand master total of 23-3, he takes the lead from Kevin Combs by an ounce.
Fourth, Keith Combs in the lead on day one with 15-5, came in to the dock with 7-4 today and a grand total of 23-2. Took the win a few weeks ago in the Bassmaster Elite Series. He may not be getting a Christmas card from Rick Clunn after last tournament and Combs took it away from him. “You are going to have to change every day to be successful here the way the lake is. I was sure I’d be heading to Alabama tonight but anything can happen, but one big bite and anything can happen.”
Fifth, Skeet Reese all the way from California for 13-0 yeasterday and 9-10 today, 22-10 for his total.
Sixth, Casey Ashley, 8-15 on day one and today he brought to weigh-in 13-8 for a total of 22-7, “I got fish I haven’t been to yet, I’m excited to get back out there tomorrow and give it everything I got.”
Seventh, Edwin Evers 7-12 yesterday and 14-6 today, total 22-2.
Eighth, Dean Rojas 10-4 yesterday, 11-10 today, total 21-14.
Ninth, Rick Clunn 21-11, 7-11 day one, day two 14-0, “This is my kind of tournament, and I know you gotta’ grind it out and keep your head straight when it gets tough out here. We’ll do it again tomorrow and see if we can’t get some of those big bites.”
Mark Davis 19-1, 9-12 day one and 9-5 today,“I’m not gonna whine cos’ I tell you at 2pm I had two little spots. I sure would have liked to had another hour. If you want to take a ride on a fine boat and a fine engine sign up for the Skeeter boat demo rides, you might as well take a ride on this fine lake because the fish sure aren’t bitin’.”
Todd Faircloth 16-8, “I caught two of my better largemouths, but today it was hard to catch a little spot. I hope it doesn’t get any worse than this out here.”
Kevin VanDam 8-3 on day one and 11-5 today for a total of 19-8. The fans predicted “The Kevin” would make a comeback today, but is it enough? Some really big bites will put you on ahead of the pack the way the fish are biting right now.
Terry Scroggins 7-15 yesterday, 5-6 today, it doesn’t happen often but he didn’t make the cut.
Next tournament is Alabama River, Montgomery, Alabama next week may 9-12, 2013. Everybody else is sleeping in tomorrow that was on the lake today and didn’t make the cut.
- Boat launch 6:40am ET
- Weigh-in 3:13pm ET
Keith Combs see the glory day 1 West Point Lake Battle