Ike switching boats after his trolling motor went out.
As we pulled up on Ike, we heard him shout out in anger. Apparently he lost all power to his trolling motor. He searched frantically for tools or a phone, and now he's searching for a solution to his problems -- two hours left, not a minute to spare.
You can certainly call my opinion biased, but I mean this when I say it: BASSTrakk is cool.
If you haven’t given it a try, you really should. For instance, right now you can look at the standings, choose the top-10 anglers and see where they are on the lake in relation to each other. Click another button and you can see exactly where they caught their fish, what size it was and what time they caught it.
I don’t think we’ve ever had access to the anglers like this. If you haven’t played around with it or have just been looking at the numbers, play with the menu above the map and see what’s possible. It’s pretty cool.
Palaniuk got away from us during his run down the lake. We're awaiting word on where he settles in.
It's still quite cold out here, and I know this because we've been running all over Grand Lake. But we finally found the angler we were lookin for -- Brandon Palaniuk.
He has been in Care Bay, a small bay on the opposite side of the peninsula from Wolf Creek (site of daily launches). Now he's fishing Echo Bay, a huge sprawling flat near Sailboat Bridge. He's on the move again and we're following.
Ike made a move downlake, but his preferred spot was already occupied, possibly by Christie. That required a 90 degree course alteration by both Mike and his followers. It was actually quite balletic the way they moved en masse, all at once, with no collisions.
Todd Faircloth is having a good day, moving into the top 10 for now, from 24th on Day One. But nothing has come without considerable pain for Faircloth.
Thursday evening, while preparing for the Classic, Faircloth suffered deep cuts in the tips of his right-hand index and middle fingers. He was tossing a boat seat in the back of his truck when the accident happened.
Aaron Martens saw the cuts shortly afterward, and advised Faircloth to go to a local emergency room, where the wait was too long for Faircloth to tolerate.
Faircloth admitted to his buddy Martens yesterday afternoon that Day One had been difficult. It's hard enough just to keep your hands warm enough to function on Grand Lake this week. But the pain and bandages made it particularly tough for Faircloth.
Obviously, he's successfully fishing through the pain.