6 HOURS LEFT
Frazier moves to a steep tributary bank and casts the spinnerbait, buzzbait and bladed jig around flooded wood cover.
Frazier casts the One Knocker to the middle of the creek arm. “There’s a hump out there with some scattered stumps on it.”
He slow rolls a white 1/2-ounce War Eagle spinnerbait across a submerged log at the mouth of the tributary and gets a short strike.
Back to the buzzbait. No takers on it yet.
Frazier drops his Power-Poles and pitches the jig into a flooded tree branch.
Frazier runs to the extreme upper end of the lake, where muddy water is gushing in via a flooded creek. He casts the chartreuse and white spinnerbait around the flooded backwater. “I’d feel better about this spot if the runoff were warmer than the lake water, but it’s all the same temperature.”
Frazier gets a hellacious strike on the bladed jig, but it turns out to be a 10-pound channel catfish! He releases the cat. “That slimy sucker knocked 3 feet of slack in my line!”
Frazier is alternating between the bladed jig and lipless crankbait without success. “This water’s totally trashed up here. I don’t like cold, fresh, inflowing mud.”
5 HOURS LEFT
9 a.m. It’s still pouring rain. Frazier has speed trolled 100 yards downlake to a flooded bank with slightly clearer water. He casts the chartreuse and white spinnerbait to a laydown and catches keeper No. 2, 1 pound, 8 ounces. “Like that big fish, this one hit pretty close to the boat. They seem to be following the lure out from cover.”
9:16 a.m. Frazier idles to a channel bank to try the chartreuse and white spinnerbait and the bladed jig. “They’ll use a steep bank like this when moving from deep to shallow water.”
9:25 a.m. Frazier runs straight across the lake to hit a series of shallow “pockets” (shoreline indentations) with his lure arsenal. “The lake’s rising way back into the woods. The bass could be anywhere.”
9:36 a.m. Frazier combs a flooded fence with the white spinnerbait but hauls water. “Come on, bass, you’re supposed to be holding tight to cover!”
9:48 a.m. Frazier casts the bladed jig to a flooded duck blind on a shallow point. The rain has let up some, but the wind has picked up and it’s noticeably colder. “I need to put five fish in the boat fast! It’ll get even tougher once that cold front blows through.”
4 HOURS LEFT
10 a.m. A fish taps the white spinnerbait near a submerged tree but doesn’t hook up.
10:10 a.m. The rain has stopped. Frazier makes a high-speed run down lake to a small island, where he casts the chartreuse and white spinnerbait to a tangle of flooded branches.