Sunday, February 25, 2007
Day 3 notes: Everybody's swinging
By Kyle Carter
ESPNOutdoors.com Feb. 25, 2007
LAY LAKE If one more angler had talked about swinging for the fences before launch on Sunday, tournament director Trip Weldon might have stopped the take-off and tested everyone for steroids.
BALCO aside, most anglers aren't going to be targeting the smaller spotted bass.
"I think everybody is going to be trying to go big today
swinging for the fences," said Tommy Biffle, who started the day in fifth place with 29 pounds, 11 ounces. "These guys have figured out the lake by now, and you might see some huge sacks."
But with everyone trying to go big, there might be a lower percentage of limits at the weigh-in stage (Saturday's field had 39 limits).
"When it gets late in the day, some guys might panic and go get a quick five," Mike Wurm said.
Anglers on record for using the term "swinging for the fences" Sunday morning: Biffle, Mike Iaconelli, Ishama Monroe and Wurm.
The big bite
Timmy Horton, who sits in fourth place, said that somebody is going to hit that home run, and it's going to shake up the leaderboard.
"I think everybody is going to have to spend a little time fishing for largemouth today," Horton said. "And you're going to see a big bite that changes the tournament."
A little misleading
The Bass Trakker, which unofficially keeps up with the anglers' fish weights throughout the day, had Biffle in the lead with a 20-pound bag all afternoon on Saturday.
He had ended the day in eighth after an 11-11 bag.
"I need to find the guy who was punching in those numbers and have him weigh my fish," Biffle said.
Terry Scroggins has had most of his success flipping grass in this Classic, and he said he is going to stick with the same pattern.
But as he talked about flipping, he obviously had a backup plan in mind as he tied on a shallow running crankbait.
Scroggins said he needs sun for his flipping bite to turn on, and a cloudy morning called for a different approach early.
Stands taken, literally
BASS set up three big bleachers for fans who wanted to see the anglers take-off, but they couldn't get anyone to use them.
Fans spent most of their time leaning over the side of the dock so they could get closer to the anglers.