Combs Still Leads but Slips on Day Three at Falcon

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 Mar 23rd, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Mar 23rd, 2013 at 12:00 AM

The argument can easily be made that Falcon Lake out of Zapata, Texas is the top bass fishing tournament lake in the USA. Day 1 and Day 2 leader Keith Combs from Huntington, Texas retained the lead with a 5-fish limit weighing 20 pounds 5 ounces. Comb’s limit gives him a 3-day total weighing 83 pounds 3 ounces. His weight gives him a mere one-pound lead ahead of 4-time Bassmaster Classic winner Rick Clunn from Ava, Missouri. In third are Edwin Evers, fourth Gary Klein and fifth Jason Williamson.

Combs found the bite tough today

“Overall today it was tougher,” said Combs. “I had some mechanical issue today, but another competitor, Clark Ream, helped me out. We are allowed to fish with each other, so on the way back he let me fish with him.

“I caught my 5th fish with Clark. It is why I am here today. If I win, Clark gets a big thank you.”

E2 is rocking third place after three days.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” said Edwin Evers. “I’m complaining about catching 5 and 8-pounders thinking I needed to catch 20-pounders. This is a special place.”

Holding on to the fifth spot heading into the championship day is Jason Williamson.

“What a great day I had,” said Williamson. “Seriously, I was dreaming of having a 30-pound plus day. This is a phenomenal fishery.

Williamson weighed in 32 pounds 9 ounces today.

In the seventh slot is Brandon Card.

“Today couldn’t have started better for me,” said Card. “I flipped my bait in there and set the hook. Then my reel comes of my rod. I had to handline in an 8-pounder.”

Card had a 29 pound 3 ounce limit today.

Missile Baits pro John Crews charged forward with a 32 pound 11 ounce limit. His weight today pushed him into the number 8 spot heading into the finals.

“Today was one of those special days,” said Crews. “After slipping a bit yesterday, it really felt nice to come back today.”

Billy McCaghren popped a 31 pound 12 ounce limit anchored by a 9 pound 9-ounce hog. His weight was good enough to head into the final day in 10th place.

“I was sweating it out today,” said McCaghren. “I knew I needed at least 30 pounds or better today with two hours to go. I guess I worked it out.”

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