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6:30 p.m. ET
Gerald Swindle just stopped near the weigh-in site to get in a few last casts. Gerald has had a limit for quite some time, but isn't too satisfied with the weight. We'll see.
6:20 p.m. ET
We are 10 minutes away from wrapping this thing up and Swindle and Ike are entertaining the crowd gathered at the dock. Neither have caught a fish yet — the water has come up some from yesterday — but this is the spot where Ike loaded the boat this morning.
KJ ran by to check on the spot he caught a 3.5-pounder this morning.
Everyone else is showing up. This thing is just about over.
5:45 p.m. ET
We found out that in the last two hours, Skeet Reese, according to him, has upgraded 4 ounces.
We started doing the math and we think he has right at 10 pounds, give or take. It's the giving or taking that's the issue. At 10 pounds, it's a tossup. Anything less throws the odds in VanDam's favor. Anything more and Reese is looking better.
The problem for Reese is while he's trying to catch the 3-pounder that will put it away, 10 guys are trying to catch a 3-pounder that might push him down. It's Reese against the field, in a way.
This weigh-in is going to have plenty of drama.
5:05 p.m. ET
Felton Langley and I finally make it back to Montgomery.
I got a little wet, but I think the area around the big toe of my right foot is dry.
Mike Iaconelli is still fishing, with a half-hour or so to go.
Except for these crazy little thunderstorms, the day was gorgeous.
Felton and Chris Ingram, another of Trip Weldon's fishing buddies, took off.
They're fishing a tournament at Lay Lake tomorrow, in Chris's boat, of course.
The 2010 Bassmaster Classic is on Lay Lake; make your travelling plans early if you want a ringside seat.
5:00 p.m. ET
Rain and a meeting pulled us off of Reese for about an hour and his BASSTrakk is no longer with him, so there's really no telling what happened out there. We have a crew trying to relocate him, but the AOY is truly up in the air right now.
We'll let you know if we find him and get word on his weight.
4:38 p.m. ET
It looks like Biffle has officially wedged himself between VanDam and Reese. I thought it might be wrong because it jumped up so fast, but Rob and Overstreet have confirmed.
Haven't heard much of anything from Reese's camp. If things ended now, I put Reese's chances at holding on the fourth at about 25 percent.
He needs one more good one to bump that number to 75 percent.
We have VanDam on BASSCam with Zona, and he's doing a lot of thinking of others. Check it out.
4:25 p.m. ET
We just ran through 30 miles of rain. Just when I thought we would dodge it, this ever-twisting river snaked back around right into the jaws of this beast.
At least we are sitting watching Biffle put on a show outside of Cooter's Pond. He just flipped up a 3-pounder on a black and blue jig.
"It has been tough on me all day," Biffle said. "Until the last hour or so, then I went to catching them. I just need to cull one runt."
Biffle estimated he had about 14 pounds and needed every one of those to regain ground in the TTBAOY race after slipping on Day One.
4 p.m. ET
Biffle is making a move to play the spoiler in this event. He's just popped into the BassTrakk in a big way. We've had him with virtually nothing, but in the last hour he's put together a limit that includes a 4-12 and a 3-6 and is now hovering around the 12-pound mark.
If that's the case, Biffle becomes one of the in-betweeners that could separate Skeet and VanDam. There only needs to be three in there for KVD to win. At present, those in-betweeners are Biffle, Ike, Klein and Howell.
Skeet has to improve by two pounds if he wants to win. KVD on the other hand is basically cruising, we're pretty certain he's wrapped up the top spot.
All that remains to be seen is how Skeet responds and how many in-betweeners make a move.
3:55 p.m. ET
Felton and I are in a world of hurt. It's raining and our outboard is misbehavng.
Mike Iaconelli is way upriver somewhere by now and we're chugging along below Cooter's Pond. If you see an outboard mechanic, send him our way.
3:22 p.m. ET
Skeet just caught a short fish after making a move back to his original fishing area.
That has to be a bummer. Back to the baseball analogy, like finally connecting for what appears to be a base hit and it lands foul by inches.
Meanwhile, Russow's last blog shows us just how slow the day is a boat race is more exciting than the fishing action.
We have three hours of fishing left and the action.
As soon as I finished that sentence, Skeet puts his fifth keeper in the well. That gives him around 10 pounds and I would imagine an enormous sense of relief.
He's not out of the woods, yet. KVD has sewn up the tournament part and several of these guys are jockeying to finish higher to gain money. Skeet is around that fourth place area, but Ike, despite having a slow afternoon, will separate the two. Klein has been making a move, adding a 4-pounder to his weight and has the chance to slip in there. And Randy Howell is in the middle with about 12 pounds.
A couple of these other guys hit one or two of those bigger fish and Skeet will quickly be back against the wall.
3:19 p.m. ET
KJ is struggling just to get a bite. He pitched under one dock and had a fish, but it stole his bait. Repeated pitches yielded nothing.
Further discouragement came from a key brushpile off a small point where KJ caught three fish yesterday. Nothing was home today.
Todd Faircloth came zooming downriver headed toward the dam and ran right into the middle of VanDam and his entourage on their way north. One man versus 20 didn't seem like good odds, but Faircloth emerged unscathed. He'd probably be pretty good in a game of chicken.
I think that illustrates how slow this day has been when boat races are more exciting than the fishing.
3:18 p.m. ET
Mike catches a small keeper, about a pound and a quarter. He culls and gains an ounce or two.
Mark Zona comes along and asks Mike how he's done.
"I had a great morning and a lousy afternoon," Mike tells Mark.
Mike is fishing a current seam that runs off the downriver point at the mouth of Swift Creek.
Cliff Pace goes by, heading north.
Mike is alternating between a drop-shot rig and a crankbait now.
Mark gets back in his camera boat with the skipper, Hank Weldon, and Tommy Sanders.
It's all good to Tommy; he's just along for the ride this afternoon.
They leave, Mike Iaconelli stays. He's a bit peeved by the way the fishing has gone for him all day, except for the first ro minutes or so.
2:55 p.m. ET
Skeet is still holding with four fish, while most of the field has caught their limit.
You have to know that he will add that fifth. This is after all Skeet. But his action is so slow that it's not like he's wading through a bunch of bass.
That makes that last bite really important. If it's like the ones he's been catching, that will move him up but not by much, and then there's still the chance that someone else will hook into one of those 4- or 5-pound heads, pushing Skeet down the standings.
As it stands, this is one of those rare times when we are watching an event, blow by blow, and it all seems to hinge at the moment on one bite.
It's exciting. KVD has done his damage and he's no doubt praying that Howell, Jordon and Klein will keep up the pressure, while we're watching Skeet to see if he can come up with a hit. All that with a seemingly full count.
Lucky for him, we're not in the bottom of the ninth just yet.
2:52 p.m. ET
Mike Iaconelli is sticking with the mouth of Swift Creek. He hasn't caught a keeper in some time, and has only boated six keepers all day. Incredibly, all the keepers in his boat came from the dock and seawall in downtown Montgomery.
2:35 p.m. ET
Nothing at Cypress Creek; Mike runs about a half-mile upriver to fish a cut.
A lot of love bugs are in the air. They call them telephone bugs around here: two of 'em say hello and then hang up.
Ike makes a big move, going up to the mouth of Swift Creek, which is where he wanted to be in the first place. But Gerald Swindle was sitting there when Mike first came through.
Gerald is gone now. We passed Alton Jones or Todd Faircloth, way off in the distance. It was a bright blue boat.
Mark Menendez just flew by, his hull just touching the water every now and then.
Mike got a lot of keepers here yesterday, including one that was 3-plus.
2:30 p.m. ET
KJ made a move from offshore to shallow docks. He worked this stretch of bank yesterday and culled three times. With only two fish in the well, he needs every bite he can get.
Entering the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph in a tie for 11th place in the TTBAOY standings, KJ made a huge move on Day One. He needs at least a limit today to stay higher in the points and take home a bigger check. Not to mention he plays a big role in who takes home the $200,000 first-place prize.
I don't think he even realizes all that is hanging over his head. He is fishing calm and relaxed this afternoon.
2:10 p.m. ET
Skeet just boated his fourth keeper, but it was only a pound and a half. That brings his total up to just under 9 pounds for the day.
He's finally left his original spot and moved up the Bouldin Dam canal. Unlike yesterday, they're pulling a lot of water, which is exactly what Reese wants. But they were pulling a lot of water in practice on Wednesday , and nobody did too well in there. But they also said all they saw were dinks, so this could be something new.
They're schooling around Reese's boat and he just yelled, "That was a freaking giant!" So, if he can find a way to get them to bite, he could seal the deal in the next hour.
There hasn't been a ton of movement on BASSTrakk in the last hour, but Cliff Pace has upgraded and is within a two pounds of Skeet Reese for fourth right now. And with BASSTrakk, that could mean nothing, or he could be four pounds back.
Kelly Jordon has yet to boat his third keeper, so Reese is dodging that bullet for the moment.
We also need to remember that Reese shoots low on his weights. He says he doesn't mean to, but I think he likes to be pleasantly surprised at the weigh-in, not devastatingly disappointed, which makes sense.
That first bass they entered for him today as 3-5, our guys said looked more like a 4 pounder. Either way, I think he's one three pounder one good fish from putting a lid on the Angler of the Year race.
2:05 p.m. ET
Alton Jones came roaring down the river, looking to get on the spot he fished yesterday. He didn't seem happy about finding KJ on the spot and did a 180 to go back up the river. Both anglers fished the spot in practice it was just a matter of who got there faster.
That is reminiscent of this year's Classic. KJ had a little creek he had been whacking them out of. On the final morning, he left the spot, planning on returning later, but Jones beat him there and caught 20 pounds. If Kelly had boated those fish he would have won the Classic.
What is that saying about payback?
2:00 p.m. ET
We're still moving downriver as Mike Iaconelli stops to fish points and coves and move on. Felton Langley and I stay with him. If you fish tournaments around Montgomery, Felton's name might mean something to you.
Off we go again. I think I can smell the paper mill at Bay Minette. Just kidding, though we're a long way down at Cypress Creek, about 34 miles downstream from the launch.
Mike is fishing the mouth of Cypress, but he keeps looking down the river. Cliff Pace goes skimming by, heading toward Jones Bluff.
1:45 p.m. ET
KJ has picked this offshore area apart and he sits down to rig up some new baits and let the spot rest. In the words of Overstreet, he's going to come back and "assault" this spot with an assortment of lures. It appears to me his first assault weapon is a Carolina rig.
KJ told us that right when he pulled up he caught two fish in three casts. He's looking for a similar flurry now that he eases back up to it.
1:37 p.m. ET
Mike just missed a bass that he reckoned weighed about 3 or 3 1/2 pounds. It just pulled off. He moves back into the slough at West Point.
A lady who lives here is following him down the bank.
"I don't care if he catches a fish; I just wants to hear him holler,"she said.
"I have chill bumps, I'm so excited. I like him and Kevin Van Dam."
We tell her that KVD is leading.
"I can't wait to tell my son-in-law," she said.
1:30 p.m. ET
KJ is still working the deep structure off the channel. A huge group of schooling fish comes up just out of casting distance from him, but he can't reach.
He's hung up on whatever is down there. Now he's sitting in the bottom of the boat again. KJ's been doing that a lot this week.
1:25 p.m. ET
Mike Iaconelli stops about a mile below Swift Creek, about 30 miles down the Alabama River from Montgomery.
Gerald Swindle is fishing in the mouth of Swift Creek. We haven't seen anybody going in some of these big coves and fishing the old creek bends and ledges; all we've seen are staying with the river, more or less.
Mike is fishing some docks and a point. Sulphur butterflies, autumn's yellow calling cards, are coming through now on their way to the Gulf Coast and we see lots of them. They'll winter down south, reproduce, lay their eggs and then die.
Their offspring will return north next spring for the summer, reproduce and die, and their offspring will head back to the Gulf Coast the next fall, and so the cycle goes on. It's called "diurnal migration."
1:15 p.m. ET
BASSTrakk has Reese just catching another 3-pounder, which brings his total to 7-5 and moves him back into the unofficial top four.
If he can pull a 3-pounder every two hours, he'll win it all. But that takes an incredible amount of patience and confidence. It's impressive he went two hours without a bite and stuck to the same small area. If he doesn't have another bite by around 2:30 or 3, it's going to be interesting to see how he reacts.
1 p.m. ET
We stayed with VanDam until Zona and associates arrived to take over. KVD had one fish hit his bait three times until he finally caught it, but it was a dink.
Just downriver, Kelly Jordon is fishing the spot he couldn't get on because Alton Jones was camped on it. Jones said after the weigh-in that he will commit to fishing shallow, so that leaves this spot open to KJ.
He boated a 3.5-pounder early and right as we pulled up he was boxing a 2.5-pound fish. That gives him 6 pounds early, but his bites are few and far between.
Some fish starty schooling in the vicinity and KJ heads in that direction to see if he can tempt another keeper.
12:50 p.m. ET
Skeet Reese still just has two bass that go somewhere around 4 pounds, and he's still fishing the same area he started on, which as Colin wrote earlier, is the spot where the Coosa and the Tallapoosa meet to form the Alabama River.
Yesterday, he said his one regret was not coming back to this area later in the day. He's convinced it has the fish to win AOY. The area he's fishing is no longer than an eighth of a mile, but he just continues to pound it.
He's mixing in a chigger craw with his topwater and crankbaits.
12:48 p.m. ET
After a long run in which he managed to lose a few spectator boats, VanDam starts fishing a cut between two islands with a white or pearl soft-plastic jerkbait. He is fishing it with a quick retrieve, sometimes letting it pause.
It looks like the water is finally getting down south. That or they are pulling less water out of this dam, because the river level has risen down here and the water is a touch cloudier.
With a good limit already in the well, the fate of the TTBAOY is out of his hands. VanDam did his part, now it comes down to Skeet and the rest of the field. I have to believe that VanDam has this tournament locked up. I wonder why he isn't back at the dock pulling a Timmy Horton and eating some pizza.
I guess he wants to continue upgrading. He hooks up on the soft jerkbait with a largemouth that looks to be about 2.5 pounds. VanDam culls quickly in the bottom of the boat and it is hard to tell if that fish helps him or not. If it does, it's not by much.
12:45 p.m. ET
Mike Iaconelli is still fishing the same creek mouth. He just missed a jig fish. Jerry McKinnis is in town for the tournament. Remember the Falls City Fisherman? Jerry's was one of the first TV fishing shows. He used to film it without sound and then he would sit in a studio set and narrate what you were watching.
"Here I am throwing a jig-and-pig on Bull Shoals and I'm fixin' to catch one about 6 pounds," he'd say.
The technology and the delivery system have changed quite a bit since those days. Jerry built his TV and Web site production company into one of the giants of the fishing industry. Jerry was a tournament angler back in the 70s and is a member of the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
Still nothing on the Mike Iaconelli front. He's switched to a topwater popper. The midday blahs have set in.
12:28 p.m. ET
The word from the boat gallery following Ike is that most of the guys are running banks from Swift Creek on down. Somebody said that Skeet Reese is fishing where the Coosa and the Tallapoosa meet to form the Alabama River. Ike makes a move, going way downriver to the mouth of Tallawassee Creek.
He's fishing the downriver side with a lipless crankbait. The water is really churning and shad are flipping in the seam of still water and current. Mike Iaconelli switches to his go-to bait, the Gripper jig.
12:10 p.m. ET
The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year is technically a two-man race, but it's going to be affected by a lot more than two anglers.
At this point, VanDam can put up his rods and come in. Unless Iaconelli goes on an absolute tear and catches 20 pounds today, VanDam has won the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph.
So, it has come down to Skeet Reese and the rest of the field. Here's how we have the standings on BASSTrakk at the moment.
1 Kevin VanDam, 27 lbs 7 oz
2 Michael Iaconelli, 22 lbs 9 oz
3 Gary Klein, 15 lbs 9 oz
4 Skeet Reese, 14 lbs 10 oz
5 Kelly Jordon, 14 lbs 7 oz
6 Randy Howell, 14 lbs 0 oz
Klein has a limit and Reese only has two fish, so he has a good chance to jump Klein. That would put him in third. We'll keep an eye on things.
Keith Alan is still on Skeet Reese with a BASSCam camera and Zona is currently flying downriver toward VanDam with a camera of his own. Once Zona hits KVD, Rob and Overstreet are going to break off and start giving us reports from some of the other guys. Colin Moore is sticking with Iaconelli.
12:05 p.m. ET
Mike is still fishing the river bend, but not catching anything. Six spectator boats have gathered to watch and are maintaining a respectable distance. Mike is leaving, but just to relocate a couple of hundred yards downstream at the lower end of the bend.
11:55 a.m. ET
KVD hasn't had a sniff since that early flurry. After checking on his fish and putting some rods away, VanDam pulls up the trolling motor and heads downriver. We follow.
11:45 a.m. ET
Mike goes a couple of miles below Cooter's Pond before he sets it down. He starts fishing another outside bend. Mike is fishing well offshore in some invisible wood cover. He's back to the Gripper jig for now.
Don Day was at the dock this morning. I heard him before I saw him. He called a lot of B.A.S.S. tournaments and that deep bass voice is still sounding mellow. I figured Don would have made a good R & B singer, except he can't sing a lick. Now he's emceeing the Women's Bass Tour. Don always was a lady's man.
Still quiet on the Iaconelli front. He hit a good largemouth here in practice and he wants to see if all is forgiven. Apparently the 'head is holding a grudge, though.
Pooley Dawson is looking good. He lost a lot of weight when he got sick a while back, but he's filling out again. Pooley is giving away his last daughter in holy matrimony tomorrow. Evelyn is getting married Saturday and Pooley went to the rehearsal dinner Thursday after the weigh-in. Ya'll remember Pooley's son, Greg, who used to work some tournaments? He's got his own family and is living in Houston. Lord, where do the years go?
Mike just boated a keeper on a deep-diving crankbait, but it's no help and goes back in the drink.
11:41 a.m. ET
We caught up with Randy Howell. He's working on a good stringer with three in the boat that will weigh somewhere between 6 and 7 pounds.
He's swimming a white jig in flooded grass and along with three keepers, he's lost two good ones. He wishes he could have started earlier.
He's in Cooter's Pond, working a bank and waiting for a local angler to move off a point where he's been catching schooling fish.
Howell's success in this event could play out big. If Skeet can't put together a big enough stringer to stay in fourth or better anglers like Howell could slip into the mix and cost him points.
On the other hand, anglers like Howell are fishing for a bigger piece of the money pie.
11:20 a.m. ET
Our decision to put the boat in the water after the launch was costly. KVD caught all his fish, 15 pounds as estimated by his cameraman, before we even arrived.
The way I figure it, he must have caught them all in a flurry in less than 30 minutes, because we were on him about that long after he arrived at this spot.
I guess the late start didn't hurt him. Now, he is fishing a big crankbait in the same spot. No bites since we arrived. I wonder if it was that banana I ate for breakfast.
11:18 a.m. ET
Things are happening a lot faster this morning than they have on any of the tournament days.
We've already talked about Iaconelli moving 20 yards from the takeoff and pounding bass. BASSTrakk has him at 12 pounds, 4 ounces.
But that's still second to Kevin VanDam. He looked like a man on a mission at the weigh-in yesterday. After out-fishing everyone by 4 pounds yesterday, he was angry because he felt like he didn't catch them.
"Tomorrow is my day," he said coming off the stage.
He was right. We have him at 13-4, but we're told that might be a little low. His cameraman says it's more like 15. He's only been fishing an hour and he has a limit that has all but guaranteed him this tournament.
Which brings us to Skeet Reese. According to BASSTrakk, he didn't have a fish in the first hour, but about three minutes ago he caught a 1 and a half and a 3 to 4 pounder. He's running the same pattern as yesterday, fishing a creek mouth with crankbaits and topwater.
We have a full crew on him, a full crew on VanDam and a full crew on Iaconelli and we're planning on keeping it that way all day.
We also have Kelly Jordon, who came into today in second place, with a 3-pounder in the boat. That's not significant to him, but it is to Reese. Jordon went north briefly this morning, but now he's actually the furthest angler south.
Reese needs to finish fourth or better to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. Right now, we have him in fourth. I'll have more on that here in a bit.
We also have an Iaconelli photo gallery coming.
11:15 a.m. ET
It's been quiet for a while. Mike is fishing right against the seawall now, casting ahead of him.
Incidentally, where he is fishing is an outside bend being washed by current. Becky is sitting down on the dock, watching Ike fish. He might stop in a minute and walk her over to Dreamland Barbeque for lunch, I don't know.
He's got a good bag if the tournament ended now. Spectators are starting to drift away. Mike might have to decide whether to stay and guard this spot or leave and try to get a big 'head somewhere.
I vote for staying put. My boat driver, Felton Langley, and our posse in another boat, Terry Ingram and Kent Wright, vote to go, but it's not unanimous. Just then, Mike battens down and off he goes.
11:12 a.m. ET
We thought it might take a little longer to connect with leader Kevin VanDam, but he is fishing a spot about halfway into the 45-mile run to where we saw him yesterday.
No surprise, he has a big flotilla of spectators, probably numbering 15 boats. That's a lot for the Alabama River.
Right now he looks like he's on one of the Tennessee River systems, throwing what looks like a crankbait around a main-channel marker. It's some sort of shad imitator and he's fishing it quickly through the current.
11:10 a.m. ET
Menendez hooks up with a good one and, after a monumental battle, he wrestles a 3-pound striper in the boat.
He has one on now. But same thing, striped bass. Beats not catching anything.
11 a.m. ET
We just pulled up to Mark Menendez. He's about a mile downriver from the take-off and fish are busting the surface out in front of him. But he can't get them to bite.
He has no keepers at the moment. He did have one on but when he swung it in the boat it came off and bounced off the carpet and back to the river.
10:48 a.m. ET
Mike puts down the Berkley Gripper Jig and is cranking a Laser Lure medium diver. He switches to a drop-shot rig and soon hooks a fifth keeper, about a pound and a half. It's about 45 minutes into the tournament and Mike has a limit. He's got about 12 pounds.
"Unbelievable, isn't it?" he observes. Seeing is believing, as several dozen fans can attest.
10:45 a.m. ET
The water is up at least another foot at the boat ramp but the water doesn't look quite as muddy as it has been. I'll be curious to see the conditions down south. The river down there didn't seem influenced by the rising water quite as much as it did up here.
We are flying down the lake now and we quickly passed Mark Menendez and Gary Klein fishing the main river. There's no time to stop — we are on a mission to find KVD.
10:40 a.m. ET
Memo to Denise Welch of the City of Montgomery: Get rid of the trains. Actually we're right down from the train tracks and the diesels are drowning out the jammin' music that Mike is dancing to when they come through with their horns blaring.
All kidding aside, Denise and crew have done a great job setting up Toyota Tundra Championship Week. The red carpet rolled out in Montgomery and it hasn't been taken up yet.
Mike is still fishing the downtown dock with his fan club waiting and watching. Becky, Mike's lovely lady, is among them, with her fingers crossed. Mike is making his own luck here.
10:25 a.m. ET
We got a late start today and Overstreet and I are just starting to get to the boat ramp. As we crossed a bridge in Montgomery, we saw Kelly Jordon running back south. He was the only angler other than Skeet to go north first thing and it didn't last long.
We saw him run a short distance north yesterday afternoon before check-in, so maybe he wanted to make a few casts in that spot early.
Overstreet and I are sticking to KVD this morning. This is a three-horse race and I like the chances of our horse. He needs Skeet to drop just one more place to fifth (assuming Ike has a good day).
Here we go!
10:30 a.m. ET
As I write this Mike Iaconelli has four keepers of about 11 pounds. Bass fishing here has been so strange. Most guys are running and gunning all over the place and Mike is hammering them right at the dock. The only reason he ran his big motor at all when he left was just for ESPN showbiz.
10:23 a.m. ET
Mike Iaconelli catches a 3-pounder, so he's well on his way to a limit when most of the other 11 boats are still running. Mike got on these fish yesterday evening while piddling around waiting for the weigh-in to start.
You might notice we're on the water a bit later, but the guys have until 5:30 to get back in. The best fishing has come in late afternoon for most of the field this week so the late weigh-in this evening should help the stringer weights.
Most of the ESPN crew took advantage of the sleep-in chance this morning by pigging out at Dreamland Barbeque last evening. Bert Miller and his rowdy crew were busting some moves and singing some blues and had everybody up on their feet and putting their hands together. It was the kind of spontaneous combustion that Mike likes, no doubt.
Here's a 4-pounder for Mike on the same lure he used to win at Lake Jordan last weekend. Keep in mind that all this is happening right in front of the crowd at the boat dock. They're roaring their approval every time the New Jersey fisherman sets the hook.
"This is like watching a golf match, Hole Number One," notes Keith Alan. Hre comes keeper Number Four, a 2 1/2-pounder. Are there any laws against fishing in the city limits of Montgomery?
10: 09 a.m. ET
Everybody leaves running wide-open except for Mike Iaconelli. He goes all of 30 yards from the dock and catches the first keeper of the day. He's fishing the seawall just upriver from the boat dock with a Berkley Power Bait crawfish.
10: 07 a.m. ET
Late 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. local) takeoff today. Not too many surprises.
Skeet Reese went north again, but today, so did Kelly Jordon.
Ike went about 20 yards and dropped the trolling motor in front of a pretty decent takeoff crowd.
Before most the guys reached their spot Ike had 3 pounds plus of keeper bass in his boat. And he's putting on a show.
Welcome to the Toyota Trucks Championship Week version of the live BASS blog (which looks suspiciously like the live blog we ran during the Classic.)
Our crew has been in Montgomery the past 10 days waiting for tonight's crowning moment the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year.