For once, there's no pressure on the tournament leaders
The only thing that can cramp Kotaro Kiriyama's style now is, naturally, the weather on Lake Erie.
For the first time during the tournament, Lake Erie this morning resembled, well, a at the Day Three launch of the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance.
Buffalo-area co-anglers are putting on a clinic about how to fish their favorite of the Great Lakes. For the second consecutive day, a local angler led the co-angler side of the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance.
An hour before launch on Day One, the majority of the Elite Series pros had launched their boats and scooped up their co-anglers with plenty of time to spare.
A tenth-grade earth science teacher at Buffalo's Lafayette High School, didn't claim his scientific background gave him the advantage in catching 13 pounds, 2 ounces of smallmouth bass on Thursday's Day One of the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance. Indeed, the 35-year-old co-angler believed his performance came from something else.
BASS official Chuck Harbin appeared relaxed as he monitored the handful of Elite Series anglers tie up to the launch dock during Thursday's Day One launch of the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance. He had just spoken to the National Weather Service and confirmed the fact conditions looked favorable for a seemingly comfortable and relatively safe first day of tournament action.
Peter Thliveros was thrilled to see his good friend Kendall Hill win the Pride of Georgia.
Timmy Horton and Kevin VanDam walk away from Clarks Hill Lake with renewed outlooks for the season.