Aaron Martens apparently had enough of the sight of Rick Morris and moved a short distance to another point in Little Sturgeon Bay. He is within sight now of Dean Rojas, who leads the tournament by less than a pound over Martens.
But they are nowhere nearly as close as Martens and Morris were. We're hearing that a lot of anglers are struggling this morning, and we haven't seen one catch of a keeper bass.
Terry Scroggins has just moved in here, too.
At this stage of the season, there are still 12 anglers who have limited every day they've been on the water. That's very, very high, but the number has been coming down fast lately. Just a couple of tournaments back it was 30, and the number has been almost cut in half here in Green Bay.
The 12 who have limited every day this year are Brent Chapman, John Crews, Shaw Grigsby, Randy Howell, Russ Lane, Aaron Martens, Takahiro Omori, Derek Remitz, Dean Rojas, Scott Rook, Terry Scroggins and Gerald Swindle.
All but Howell and Swindle are fishing today, so 10 streaks are in jeopardy.
One streak ended yesterday and another continued.
Bobby Lane's string of consecutive limits on Elite Series competition days ended at 39. That's tied for the ninth-longest such streak in Elite Series history. Kevin VanDam has the longest streak at 57. Bobby Lane already had the second-longest streak in the books at 47.
KVD's streak of cuts made has been extended to 20, which is also the record. That's 20 straight times he's earned a check in Elite Series tournaments. If that doesn't seem impressive, consider it again.
If all the Elite Series anglers were equally talented, the odds of finishing in the top half and earning a check would be 50/50 each time out. It would be like flipping a coin. Half the time you'd get a check; half the time you wouldn't.
The odds of earning a check in 20 consecutive tournaments then, would be like fliping a coin 20 times and having it come up heads each time — roughly 1 in 1,048,576. That's not as unlikely as winning the lottery, but those are still really long odds. If your non-fishing buddies want to tell you that fishing is mostly luck, tell them about KVD and his stats.
There's an unofficial etiquette on the Elite Series: Those anglers who are far enough down in the standings that they have no shot at winning are supposed to give space to those in contention. Rick Morris isn't doing that today, and Aaron Martens is unhappy about it.
They've had a few verbal exchanges since we've been here, but we couldn't hear the details. A pair of observers who have been here from the start said Martens was here five minutes before anyone else reached Little Sturgeon Bay this morning. When Morris arrived, they described the conversation between the two anglers as "heated."
They saw Martens catch a 3 1/2-pounder before we got here. We haven't seen either angler catch a keeper.
We have arrived to join the party in Little Sturgeon Bay, where Aaron Martens, Rick Morris and Bobby Lane are in close proximity, especially Martens and Morris. Chris Lane is in the neighborhood, too.
There's quite a bit of chop on the water this morning, but nothing out of the ordinary for Lake Michigan.
As soon as we get a chance to speak to these guys or see a fish catch, we'll be back. I'm with photographer James Overstreet and Elite Series angler Dennis Tietje, who is on medical leave from the tour this year. In other words, there's a wealth of tournament coverage experience in this bouncing boat.
Aaron Martens strikes early this morning with a nice smallmouth. He started the day in second place and tries to make up some ground on the leader Dean Rojas.
Thanks to Rob Melendez, Martens' Elite Series Marshal, for providing this photo.
Skeet Reese has landed his first catch of the morning, a 2 1/2-pounder! His Marshal, Brandon Wittig, sent in this photo.
There’s nothing like being at a Bassmaster Elite Series event. But if you can’t be in Green Bay, Wis., for the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Green Bay Challenge this weekend, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re on the water yourself.
Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:15 p.m. CT all four days of competition.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament tags his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster.
You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Kevin VanDam and Brandon Palaniuk, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Videos are posted all four days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on the bubble for the final cut (from 50 to 12 during Saturday’s weigh-in) and to keep up with who has performed consistently and how much they need to bring to the scales to secure a win.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and Bassmaster hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday. It airs again at 2:45 p.m. CT Saturday and 3:15 p.m. CT Sunday. After the champion has been crowned, you’ll hear from the winner in his own words — while he’s still absorbing the shock of his win.
7. War Room
At the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, B.A.S.S. introduced the War Room, a concept that was extremely popular with fans. The doors to the formerly private TV and production trailers have been pried open, and you now get to hear what B.A.S.S. officials hear, when they hear it.
Even better, if you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
The War Room opens at 9 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday and provides updates on the hour until 2 p.m. CT.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout competition on Saturday and Sunday. B.A.S.S. reporters take to Lake Michigan, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular BASSTrakk will be running during competition hours Saturday and Sunday. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are.
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!