Chapman keeps Elite Series lead on Toledo Bend after third day

Bassmaster field cut to top 12


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Brent Chapman had a tougher day on the water today, but maintained his grip on the Bassmaster Elite Series lead on Louisiana's Toledo Bend.
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Brent Chapman had a tougher day on the water today, but maintained his grip on the Bassmaster Elite Series lead on Louisiana's Toledo Bend.
Toledo Bend was a bit tougher for Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brent Champman today (June 9), giving up only 16 pounds, 5 ounces. But that was enough for the Kansas pro to maintain the lead going into the final day.

His third-day sack of bass gave Chapman a total of 59-14, but he said he was a bit worried with the falling weights his spots yielded today.

“I backed off that spot yesterday, and I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me,” Chapman said.

Joining Chapman in the tournament’s finale will be South Carolina’s Marty Robinson (58-9), Alabama’s Timmy Horton (58-1), Mississippi’s Cliff Pace (57-2) and Alabama’s Matt Herren (56-11).

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Chapman said he has continued to fish a single point that tapers off into deep water, with the fish holding in about 25 feet — just north of the thermocline.

“I haven’t caught a fish shallower than 25 feet,” he said. “I can cast the whole area from one spot.”

He said he fished clean again today, putting every fish that bite into the boat. However, he said he got about half the bites as the point yielded the first two days.

“I caught 20 fish the first and second days, but today I only got 10 bites,” Chapman said. “Today was quite a bit tougher.”

All but one of the fish came on a spoon, he said.

Second-place Robinson put 21-5 on the scales today from an area in the northern portion of the lake, and catching his fish quite a bit shallower than most of the other pros.

“They’re from 10 to 14 feet deep,” he said.

He caught his limit on jig, working the lure down a contour change.

Once the bass stop feeding, he said he has to work harder to make them bite.

“It’s a reaction bite if they’re not feeding,” Robinson said. “You might have to pull up into something and pop it out to make them bite.”

Horton jumped from 21st to third on the strength of a 27-pound, 9-ounce sack anchored by a monster that went an ounce shy of 16 pounds. That third-day stringer represented almost half of his three-day total.

“It was special,” he said. “It was every cast for an hour.”

All of his first limit of fish came off a Bomber Fat Free Shad BD8 crankbait in 19 to 20 feet of water.

He caught about 23 pounds of the stringer in the southern portion of the lake early in the morning, but after having to run to the landing to change out batteries he decided to gamble on catching a kicker 40 miles upstream on a spot he’d caught one good fish a day during the previous two days of fishing.

“It’s a little bit of rough bottom, some gravel, in about 15 feet of water,” Horton said. “When you get in that gravel, you get one bit, but it’s a bit one.”

The kicker fell for a Carolina-rigged 10-inch Yum worm.

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