How horrible was it to see Brandon Palaniuk break a prop, according to the live blog? Then, how awesome was it to know that Cliff Pace not only offered him a new one, but helped him change the busted prop? Just a reminder, those are the Numbers 1 and 2 guys from last month's Bassmaster Classic. They represent some of the best this sport has to offer, and are both classy guys.
It's a little chilly for the anglers on Falcon this morning considering the forecasted highs are to be in the 90's. One angler in particular that's feeling the chill is Brandon Card. He has 3 fish including a 4-8 that he had to go head over heels for. The fish had him hung up and as Card dug around in the trees, he lost hold of the boat and went in. He's fine now and his marshal is helping to air out his wet jersey.
Brandon broke a prop ear off his boat. Cliff Pace stopped fishing and gave him a spare and helped put it on. Good times!
Photos by D. Hayes Smith
Walking down the dock this morning, one of the most obvious differences you could see was the number of rods scattered on every deck.
They all looked like Mike Iaconelli's deck, who routinely has 20 rods laying out. It wasn't that bad, but every guy seemed to have 8- to 10-rods strapped down. In a normal event these guys like to be more secretive.
There's an old adage that the guy with one rod on his deck is the one who has it figured out.
But who can figure out any secrets with that much laying around?
And if all those rods were secret, it would take half the morning to get them out of the box. It was so obvious, I had to ask Paul Elias and Davy Hite what was going on.
"I'm catching them from 2-feet to 20-feet and every where in between in a lot of different ways,'' Hite said.
That became more obvious when we got on the water. We've followed about five anglers and each one of them is doing a variety of things in a variety of depths. It will be interesting as this tournament progresses how many of those rods will be culled to the rod locker by the final day.
The live blog has Kelley Jaye with a limit already, probably by 9:30 a.m.. So, if the anglers left between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. (and Jaye made a run of, let's guess, 20 minutes or so,) that could be just more than an hour of fishing for Jaye to put five keepers in the live well. How big they are, not certain, but it's indicative of the quality of a fishery when you are culling before 10 a.m. Fair to say, right???!!!
And if I was a gambling man, I'd venture to say it's not the first limit already registered today. There are a whole bunch of other anglers out there.
Matt Reed has started to make up for those earlier missed strikes. He just stuck and landed a 3-pounder, then let out a long sigh of relief.