Veteran pro Mark Rose was not a happy camper after the day-three weigh-in. He missed two brutes that would have put him right next to Long, if not ahead of him.
“I’m discouraged,” Rose said. “Actually it’s a two-edged sword. I’m thankful to be in the position I’m in and for all the fish I’ve caught, but an opportunity to win doesn’t come around all that often. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Rose’s day-three stringer weighed 17-12, by far his lightest of the week and pushed his total weight to 67 pounds, 11 ounces.
“I’ve got a tall order to try to catch (Long). He’s doing a great job. He’s doing exactly what you need to do to win. I stumbled today, and you can’t do that on Lake Guntersville. You’ve got to bring it every day, because (the fish) are out there.”
The Marion, Ark., pro continued to ledge fish Friday. He started the tournament with nearly 15 different areas and he’s basically whittled that down to three really good ones. On the flatter areas he’ll throw a spoon, on the ledgier structure he’ll throw a swimbait and on the stump-filled slopes he’ll burn the Strike King 6XD crankbait.