Day 2 – 3rd place – Mark Daniels Jr. – 38 pounds, 11 ounces
California transplant Mark Daniels Jr., currently residing in Tuskegee, Ala., also hammered them on day two, bringing 25 pounds, 15 ounces across the stage.
“I fished the same exact area I fished on day one,” says Daniels. “I got one big bite yesterday, and I got all big ones today. I didn’t change my technique or presentation at all. I think the fish are just moving around a lot. The wind blew hard in there today, and I think that got them set up so I could pick a few off.”
Daniels says he is fishing an expansive spawning flat with hydrilla, eelgrass and peppergrass mixed in with pockets of hard bottom. He is catching them on a Texas-rigged 6-inch black-and-blue YUM Dinger fished slowly on the bottom.
“There are a lot of other guys coming through my area with ChatterBaits and swim jigs, but they aren’t catching big ones like I am,” Daniels reveals. “You have to be fishing slow and on the bottom to get them to bite.” – Read More over on FWLoutdoors.com >
Day 3 – 4th place – Mark Daniels Jr. – 48 pounds, 11 ounces
Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Ala., brought 10 pounds even to the scale on day three and was one of a number of pros who simply couldn’t back up gigantic bags with subsequent solid catches (he caught 25-15 on day two).
“The wind was everything to me today,” says Daniels. “I was fishing a wide-open area offshore, and it just killed my bite. I wanted to flip mats and throw soft stick baits offshore, and I couldn’t do that today.
“This place really sets up to my strengths, and I really caught them yesterday,” Daniels adds. “I thought I had a good shot to do it again today until I woke up and saw that wind blowing.”
Daniels caught most of his weight on a Texas-rigged YUM Dinger but was forced to mix in some moving baits and craws to scratch out his limit on the final day. – Read More over on FWLoutdoors.com >