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Rose still leads, morning bite key

A pair of key morning kickers, including this 5-pounder, helped Mark Rose extend his lead another day. (Photo by Curtis Niedermier)

29.Mar.2014 by Curtis Niedermier

LUFKIN, Texas – Falling weights and high pressure – both the atmospheric kind and the psychological kind – told the story of day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir presented by Chevy. In the wake of a severe Friday-night thunderstorm that knocked out power and uprooted dozens of east Texas pines, pros took to “Old Man Sam” amid a high-pressure system and high, bluebird skies.

Walmart pro Mark Rose maintains his lead going into the fourth and final day, but for the second consecutive day, he failed to match his previous day’s weight.

Rose opened the event with 23 pounds, 14 ounces on a blustery, overcast day that provided the perfect conditions to activate the bass on his primary offshore spot. On day two, bolstered by a 9-pound giant, Rose weighed 19 pounds, 2 ounces. Today, he fell off to 16 pounds, 1 ounce and leads by less than 3 pounds over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift.

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