Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas, maintains the lead on the third day of the 2018 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge out of Alexander City, Ala., with a three-day total weight of 45 pounds, 8 ounces.

                                                                                                     Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.
ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. — While fishing Saturday’s semifinal round of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge, Takahiro Omori caught a bass that had two crankbaits in its mouth.

One was a chartreuse colored bait that Omori had lost on an underwater tree branch Friday, and the other was the red bait he fished with most of the day Saturday.

In 287 events with B.A.S.S., Omori said he’s never had anything like that happen before. But it’s been a charmed tournament for the Japanese-born angler turned Texas resident.

Omori utilized one tiny spot on Lake Martin for the third straight day Saturday, landing a five-bass limit that weighed 12 pounds, 13 ounces. He’ll now lead the field into Championship Sunday with a three-day weight of 45-8 and a chance to claim his seventh career victory.

“That crankbait is just a once-in-a-lifetime story,” Omori said. “I think maybe what happened is that it got hung up and the fish ate it before. Then it ate the other bait today.

“Maybe that’s a sign that everything is going right.”

Omori has been traveling up the lake each day to a small nondescript spot that can’t be easily accessed. He has to trim his outboard up to get through some extremely shallow water and then use his Power-Pole shallow-water anchors to hold his boat in place while making continuous casts to an area about twice as wide as a bass boat.

So far, it’s been worth the trouble.

Omori landed 18-2 during Thursday’s first round and followed that with 14-9 Friday. He’s left with the fish still biting each day, and he’s hoping the spot has one more good day left in it.

“We won’t know until tomorrow,” he said. “I just plan to work on my tackle tonight, get a good night’s sleep and go right back there in the morning.”

His lead is anything but rock solid, with four anglers within about 6 pounds of the lead.

Rookie Roy Hawk caught five bass that weighed 12-10 Saturday and pushed his second-place total to 41-6. He said he might be even closer to the leader if it hadn’t been for one missed opportunity.

“I lost a really nice fish, one that was probably over 3 pounds,” Hawk said. “That one really hurt because I had two little, tiny 12 1/2-inchers that I really needed to get rid of.”

He said the big fish caught him off guard.

“I just flipped a jig in a bush and it was hung,” he said. “I was shaking it, and the fish either grabbed it off the bush or I pulled it off the bush and he ate it. I just didn’t get a good hook in it.”

Though Lake Martin is known for its massive population of spotted bass, Hawk has been targeting largemouth most of the week. All five of the fish he weighed Saturday — and 12 of the 15 he’s weighed this week — have been largemouth.

He admitted he had to work harder for them Saturday.

“It was a tougher day overall,” he said. “I had to fish a little bit differently to get them to bite. I may expand on what I’m doing a little bit tomorrow to try and make up some ground, but I’m basically going to keep doing my deal.”

Behind Omori and Hawk, Washington pro Luke Clausen caught 13-3 and pushed his three-day total to 41-3. Like Hawk, he said fishing was much tougher Saturday — thanks mostly to the heavily overcast conditions.

“I’m fishing deep, clear water, and I just didn’t see that many fish,” Clausen said. “When I did see them, it was hard to get them to bite. I probably caught 20 keepers or more Friday, but I only caught 10 today because the fish were so spread out.”

If it hadn’t been for a 3-6 spotted bass near the end of the day, Clausen said his total would have been much lower.

“I just didn’t have any five- to seven-fish spurts like I had Friday,” he said. “There were times when I would catch one and I would see more down there. But by the time I’d get a bait back in the water, they were gone.”

The Top 12 remaining anglers will now advance to Championship Sunday with a chance to win the $100,000 first-place prize. Takeoff will be at 6:15 a.m. CT from Wind Creek State Park, with the weigh-in scheduled for 2:40 p.m. back at the park.

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event.

2018 Bassmaster Elite At Lake Martin Presenting Sponsor: Econo Lodge

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Huk

2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston Lures

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2018 Elite Series Lake Martin 2/8-2/11
Lake Martin, Alexander City  AL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               15  45-08  110
Day 1: 5   18-02     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   12-13
2.  Roy Hawk               Lk Havasu Cty, AZ       15  41-06  109
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   17-01     Day 3: 5   12-10
3.  Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA       15  41-03  108
Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 5   15-04     Day 3: 5   13-03
4.  Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          15  40-00  107
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   13-11
5.  Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            15  39-03  106
Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   16-05     Day 3: 5   12-14
6.  Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       15  38-01  105
Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   12-14     Day 3: 5   11-04
7.  Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        15  37-15  104
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   11-11     Day 3: 5   12-11
8.  Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             15  37-14  103
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   07-01     Day 3: 5   13-04
9.  Jonathon VanDam        Gobles, MI              15  35-14  102
Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   10-10     Day 3: 5   11-12
10. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    15  35-13  101
Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   10-04
11. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             15  35-10  100
Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   13-00     Day 3: 5   11-14
12. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL             15  35-08   99
Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   12-10     Day 3: 5   11-15
13. Ott DeFoe              Blaine, TN              15  35-07   98  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   14-00     Day 3: 5   11-13
14. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX             15  35-03   97  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   09-12     Day 3: 5   13-00
15. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             15  35-00   96  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   11-06     Day 3: 5   12-04
16. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               15  34-13   95  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   11-08     Day 3: 5   13-01
17. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               15  34-13   94  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   11-14     Day 3: 5   10-09
18. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL             15  34-09   93  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   11-11     Day 3: 5   07-09
19. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        15  34-07   92  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 5   10-05     Day 3: 5   11-03
20. Josh Bertrand          San Tan Valley, AZ      15  34-06   91  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 5   13-04     Day 3: 5   12-06
21. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        15  34-05   90  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   13-05     Day 3: 5   10-10
22. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              15  34-04   89  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   11-07
23. Alton Jones Jr.        Waco, TX                15  34-04   88  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   09-13
24. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL            15  34-03   87  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   10-15     Day 3: 5   10-12
25. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           15  34-01   86  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   12-10     Day 3: 5   11-03
26. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        15  33-08   85  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-02     Day 3: 5   11-09
27. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  33-05   84  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   12-07     Day 3: 5   10-07
28. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN           15  33-02   83  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   08-01
29. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         15  33-01   82  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 5   13-02     Day 3: 5   08-15
30. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          15  33-00   81  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-08     Day 2: 5   08-15     Day 3: 5   09-09
31. Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN         15  32-14   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   09-12
32. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        15  32-14   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   11-07     Day 3: 5   10-04
33. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  32-13   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   10-04     Day 3: 5   10-06
34. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               15  32-12   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   11-07     Day 3: 5   10-01
35. Shin Fukae             Palestine TX JAPAN      15  32-10   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   10-04
36. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           15  32-10   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   11-07     Day 3: 5   10-00
37. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              15  32-08   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   06-13     Day 3: 5   10-14
38. Brent Ehrler           Redlands, CA            15  32-08   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   11-04
39. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         15  32-06   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-01     Day 2: 5   06-11     Day 3: 5   11-10
40. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           15  32-04   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   09-13     Day 3: 5   10-10
41. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             15  32-03   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   10-08
42. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             15  32-02   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   12-05     Day 3: 5   09-03
43. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           15  31-15   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-06     Day 2: 5   09-02     Day 3: 5   09-07
44. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           15  31-13   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-11     Day 2: 5   11-05     Day 3: 5   09-13
45. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              15  31-12   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   10-09     Day 3: 5   10-02
46. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        15  31-08   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   10-01
47. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         15  31-00   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 5   07-05     Day 3: 5   09-06
48. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             13  30-09   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-13     Day 2: 3   04-05     Day 3: 5   06-07
49. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        13  29-05   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   12-03     Day 3: 3   07-04
50. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        15  28-13   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   10-09     Day 3: 5   06-08
51. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA            12  27-10   60  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 2   04-07
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       100       533      1139-10
2       101       532      1107-00
3        49       250       540-09
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250      1315      2787-03