It’s hard not to think about what could have been for McClelland as he makes a Sunday charge. Rumor was that in practice he boated a “Falcon Lake like stringer,” and he was disappointed after 17-15 on Day One.
Then, inexplicably, he couldn’t catch 10 pounds on Saturday. He was in a large group of anglers that couldn’t put it together on Day Two, including Kevin VanDam. (VanDam is charging early today, too)
McClelland already has 16 pounds today, and is rising in the standings, but has no real shot at winning it all.
It reinforces the lesson that you can’t afford to have a real bad day in a three-day derby like the Classic. You can afford an average day, but you can’t have a bad day.
We've moved with Pace yet again. I think of KVD as the ultimate run-and-gun fisherman, but when we watched him earlier in the tournament he rarely moved more than a few hundred yards. Pace, who I think of as slow and methodical, has been all over the place. When he gets somewhere, though, he typically moves down the bank at a glacial speed.
Palaniuk's first two spots allowed land-based spectators to follow the action. The crowd included several members of his family from Idaho, and most were wearing red T-shirts with "Do Work" printed on them.
They call themselves "The Big Red Mob."
In this photo, Palaniuk's grandfather, David Stamm (far left), and father Dan Palaniuk (center), wait for Palaniuk's mother and several other family members while Brandon fishes in the background.
Iaconelli is running main lake points - fast.He settles down, fires a few casts with a Shad Rap, then a jerkbait then is off. If there's a dock, he might pitch the jig a few times. We're getting closer and closer to the dam, and Ike looks to be heading to Big Hollow. We're about to do the same.
The winds we expected threatened to materialize briefly but never got revved up. Probably wouldn't matter for Pace because he's back in a long skinny pocket, but you have to wonder if the stillness has hurt his bite.
I’m going to take you inside Cliff Pace’s head at the top of every hour from now until it’s time for him to check in. This is just for fun, in case that isn’t clear, we don’t have the technology to actually get inside his head … yet.
Just fish, just fish. It’s just another tournament. I had about this same amount of weight at this time yesterday and I’d say that turned out alright. Boy that was sweet. I wish I could replay the look on people’s faces when I pulled those toads out while waiting in the bump line. I’m beating everybody this week, even BASSTrakk, which has consistently showed it has no idea how much weight I have…
Stop. Yesterday was yesterday. Fish the moment. It’s just another tournament. It’s just another tournament…
I wonder if that’s the same dog Ike broke down yesterday. Ah, this spot’s dead. Time to move.
Another good fish for Howell. Taken by Jeff Puckette.
Photo courtesy of Clark Tingleaf