Some anglers speculated that the fishing would improve on the second day because the high pressure system had moved out of the area. It appears many of the bass in the schools of fish anglers found moved too as the weights overall seemed to drop on day two of the Kentucky Lake Central Division Everstart Series tournament out of Moor's Marina.
And again Lance Ricketts was leading when the weigh-in ended, albeit not by much. Ricketts managed 14 pounds, 10 ounces on Friday that gave him 36-1 for two days, just three ounces more than second place. Ricketts fished down in Paris on day two and found the numbers good but the quality lacking.
"I just never got that big bite," he said. "I'm planning to go back down there tomorrow but there is a 300-boat tournament out of Paris in the morning that could really make the fishing tough tomorrow down there."
Second place angler Jason Lambert shared Ricketts lament for the "crowded ledges" to be expected on south Kentucky Saturday morning. Lambert had another solid limit weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces and said he's going for nothing but the win tomorrow.
"I've got a great starting area where I think I can catch a winning stringer if I can get on it," he said. "There were boats all around me 'watching me' today and some of them couldn't hardly wait for me to leave my spots before they came racing in to fish them. Hopefully the fish were done feeding and they weren't bothered by the onlookers. I think I've got a great shot tomorrow. I'm making a big run and gambling on the win."
The second biggest move of the day was Randy Haynes who jumped from 17th to third on day two with a limit weighing 19-7, the largest of the day. Haynes, another noted expert at ledge fishing from down on Pickwick like Lambert, was able to relocate some of the schools he had a hard time finding on day one. Haynes cranks his way to most powerful finishes on these Tennessee River ledge lakes and he'll know doubt be giving it all he's go down south on Saturday.
Local angler, Tim Griggs was fourth with a two day total of 34 pounds, 4 ounces. Griggs, like most of the top 10 is fishing ledges and he's focusing on the deeper ledges. He caught 40-50 keepers today and found a lot more fish biting where much of the field complained over the lack of biting fish today.
Rounding out the top five was David Fields of Murray, Ky. Fields has been on the fish lately, having been boat captain for the high school team that won the Kentucky State Championship last weekend out of KenLake Marina. Fields is another local that knows Kentucky Lake's ledges well and he maded the biggest move on day two coming from 25th all the way back to 5th thanks to his 19-pound, 6-ounce limit.
The rest of the top 10 was as follows:
6th Scott Mansfield of Mckenzie, Tenn. with 33-15
7th Sam Lashlee of Hermitage, Tenn. with 33-3
8th Drew Lynch of Paducah, Ky. with 33 pounds
9th Matt Robertson of Central City, Ky. with 32-8
10th Curt McGuire of Paris, Tenn. with 32 pounds