"I've basically been out of fish since the first day, but I keep scrounging around," he said. "I don't have any big ones left that I know I can catch.
"There's a couple that I haven't been able to catch that I'd like to shoot before I leave here," he joked.
He might look for other spawners tomorrow or he may switch gears altogether.
"I'm contemplating that. If I tried something totally different I could fall pretty hard, but then again I can't fall any farther than 12th place. It's tough to decide whether to go for a big sack or do the best you can with what you have.
"If I had to say right now, I'd say that I'm going to sight-fish for part of the day, anyway."
It took him a substantial portion of the day to complete his limit and he culled several times thereafter.
"It was kind of one of those things where I hated to catch them because they weren't much bigger than what I had, but I needed every ounce I could get to make sure I made the Top 12." Complete Story
"It was fun, but it was scary going into it because I knew I was going to have to mash 'em," he said. "You knew you were going to have to catch big ones."
He focused on grass edges that were influenced by the current. He moved farther offshore when the flow slowed down, but still keyed on grass.
Most of his fish were enticed by an XCalibur One Knocker lipless crankbait, but a few of the bigger ones were caught on a Yum Money Minnow swimbait.
He weighed 18-12 today. "It was very slow for me today and I probably didn't catch two limits of keepers." Complete Story
"I caught a bunch of fish today," he noted. "I just didn't get any big bites. You always would love to win, but I had to make the Top 12."
He finished 18th here a year ago, so he was thrilled to improve upon that.
"I like it (here)," he added. "I love structure fishing and I'm not really a dropshotter by nature, but I love to structure fish. These fish – you find them on your electronics and sit over them and catch them. It's like a video game." Read More
He had two weigh-fish right away, then lost four straight would-be keepers, which left him with only two in the box at 12:30.
He then hooked a 2 1/2-pounder, which would've normally gone back in the lake. Instead, he put it in the box because he knew time was running out and he needed a limit to have a shot at retaining the lead.
"I'm thinking, 'I better put this in the livewell - I've got to have some fish,'" he said. "I fished there for another 10 minutes to see if I could catch another one and then went back to fizz it and it had already died and I was like, 'Man.'
"Then I moved to another place and caught a 4 1/2 and a 4 1/4 boom, boom and I got to a point where I had a 2 1/2-pounder and nothing littler than 4 1/4. It's going well, but that mistake may cost me there."
He talked on day 1 about how the bottom-huggers weren't triggering and he experienced it again today. Read More