Just like Long, pro Mark Rose wasn't able to get on his best deep-water spot. But he was able to scramble around and cobble together another hefty limit (24-8).
"It was just kind of a fish or two here and there," said Rose, who has a two-day total of 49-15.
The Marion, Ark., pro said he sampled 12 different areas altogether, but only three of them have real quality. He described his pattern as "basic old ledge fishing." But in reality it's anything but. Over the past five years Rose has become infatuated with the deep ledge bite – analyzing every piece of shell and rock he can find. This week on Guntersville, he's trying to make precise casts to the deepest sides of the ledge corners. He starts with a Strike King 6XD rattling crankbait and he follows up with the same 6XD only in the Silent model. He says the two baits are great for quality, but not so much for quantity.
"My partners are catching way more fish than I am. And that's frustrating because I like catching fish as much as the next guy. But this bait is absolutely the key to getting the bigger bites so I'm going to continue to take my chances with it."