By Justin Brouillard | Photos Tanner & Travis Lyons
As the full field heads out for the final day of competition, the big question will be how the weather affected the fishing.
Strong thunderstorms and heavy winds rolled through the area throughout weigh-in and continued until just hours before take-off. With a low of 59-degrees overnight, it appears mother nature is back to business as usual with storms becoming partly cloudy skies and highs into the mid 70’s.
Leader Keith Carson is enjoying more than a 5-pound advantage over the rest of the field but worries the presents of mud may take its toll on the fishing.
“Tomorrow were going to have to deal with mud in the water which will dirty things up even more.” Carson said after weigh-in yesterday. These fish are used to stain, but anytime you add mud to the water the fishing gets more tough.”
Carson is right, Wright Patman has never seen 3 days of over 100 anglers before and this week has pumped out several limits over 20-pounds with lots of quality bass. Lots of the top five anglers are splitting time between running new water or slowing down to fish areas where bigger bites have come.
The Debary, Florida angler Carson has cruised to the lead by employing a run and gun pattern where decisions are made on the fly. Fishing new water every day has given him the ability to find some fresh fish every day while also searching for special bushes which have yielded most of his big bites. 2nd place angler Jesse Millsaps is also spending most of each day running new water.
“I have been running some of the places I fished in practice but have been running new water every day to find fresh fish. I am looking for fresh fish and the falling water is helping position the fish where I can get to them easier.”