The first words out of everyone's mouth at the launch this morning weren't "good morning," but something like, "do you believe that?"
They are referring of course to Brandon Palaniuk's plight.
Right now I'm watching one of the anglers I talked to earlier, Steve Kennedy of Auburn, Ala. He said he had stopped to fish Palaniuk's point yesterday but skipped it when he saw Palaniuk fishing it.
"I thought it was in Wisconsin," Kennedy said. "It's on the west side of the channel."
With the former front runner out of competition, Kennedy is fishing it now. He just fought a 2 1/4-pounder to the boat -- and lost it. "That hurt!" he exclaimed.
At the tip of the point 50 yards farther upstream, J Todd Tucker just boated a big fish. It must not have been a bass, though, because he summarily tossed it back.