Brent Chapman has three fish already, 2 to 2 1/2 pounds apiece, on reaction baits.
As the sky turns from pink to blue, the Top 50 anglers head out on Oneida Lake to see what Day Three of the 2012 Ramada Championship will bring them.
Edwin Evers spent time with the local Good Ole Boys Junior Bass Fishing Club after the weigh-in on Friday.
Marshal Chad Valentine sent in this pic of Brandon culling.
You'd think the leader for Angler of the Year would get a little respect on the water, but Gary Tramontina sent in this picture to prove otherwise. Guess that boat isn't full of B.A.S.S. fans!
It appears that, just like yesterday, the bite has picked up this
afternoon at Oneida Lake. In fact, the totals from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
today are tops of any hour over the last two days, as recorded by the
BASSTrakk phones in the boats of the top 50 (AOY points) Elite Series
anglers in the 97-man field.
Here are the hourly totals from yesterday:
|11 a.m. - noon||33||78-11|
|noon- 1 p.m.||24||55-7|
|1- 2 p.m.||20||42-12|
So far today:
|Time||# Bass||Lbs. - Oz.|
|11 a.m. - noon||22||53-13|
|noon - 1 p.m.||37||80-2|
Marshal RC Cooper sent us this picture of Ott DeFoe landing a solid 3 pounder.
Rick Clunn has often mentioned a Native American adage: To know the owl, study the mouse. Clunn translates that easily to bass fishing: To know the bass, study the shad.
Yes, other forms of bass forage are more important than shad at certain times and at certain lakes. But what's interesting about Oneida is that, apparently, it has evolved into a "shad lake" since the Elite Series started coming here in 2006.
In '06 and '08, it was common to hear an Elite Series angler mention the ounces lost in his livewell, after he'd found a big yellow perch or two that a bass had regurgitated.
But it's not that way now, according to Mike Iaconelli, and it may be part of the reason these guys aren't catching the numbers they're accustomed to at Oneida. Part of the reason, not the entire story.
"I think the shad population has quadrupled in the last few years here," Iaconelli said Thursday. "And I think the smallmouth bass population has swapped yellow perch for shad. It has changed the way the smallmouth behave.
"I'm not even sure there were shad in this lake when I first started fishing it in the '90s."
The theory is that instead of feeding in the shallows on yellow perch, schools of smallmouth are more likely now to roam the lake, following big balls of threadfin shad.
"I think the largemouth here have stayed the same," Iaconelli said. "When they're shallow, the primarily feed on bluegill."