Howell gave me a little more insight into that 4-pounder he caught a few minutes ago. As mentioned, he was about to change locations, and he was in the midst of stowing his trolling motor. He had about 10 feet of line out when he stopped cranking. As the lure -- a Strike King Series 5 -- hovered in the water, that big fish decided to eat. The old stop-and-go pattern.
Just now, Howell has had two jarring strikes, and he missed both of them. We've moved near a channel market in view of the beach at Oneida Shores State Park, where daily launches have taken place and the first two weigh-ins were held. Yesterday's weigh-in at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse was a good one. I'm told it is the fourth largest state fair in the country. If that's true, I can't imagine what the bigger ones are like.
Howell should be in the midst of the magic hour of fishing. On the first two days, he and a couple of other pros had most of their action between 9 and 10:30 a.m. That wasn't the case yesterday. In fact, Howell only had one bass by about 11 a.m., when he decided to make a long run toward the east end of Oneida and visit some other spots he had pinpointed. The move paid off with four nice bass, enough for a 2-pound, 6-ounce lead over Duckett and the rest of the field. He might well make that run a little later today, if things don't start happening faster here. Overstreet and I are hoping the wind will lay before that happens. We bailed on him yesterday and missed most of the action, but we probably won't have that option today.