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Mississippi River - La Crosse, WI, Jun 20 - 23, 2013

2013 Mississippi River Rumble Live Blog

Reunited and it feels so good

11:26 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013
In further testament to the efficiency of the Elite Series service crews, Brian Beebe, James Overstreet, a loaf of PB&J sandwiches and I are back on the water. And we didn't have to go far to find Aaron Martens. You could observe him from the Clinton Street bridge.
 
In the brief time Overstreet was away, Martens got his line stretched a couple of times by some big drum, according to other observers, but he hasn't added another bass to the 12- or 13-pound limit he's got.
 
Everyone at the weigh-in area is keeping an eye on this nearby storm. The consensus is that it will hit here about noon or 1 p.m. I'm sticking with the weatherman's cliche: 50 percent chance of rain, or hail, or damaging winds.

Howell BASSTrakk update

11:23 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Randy Howell has three fish total for about 7 pounds. We are working to get BassTrakk updated.

Bobby Lane is now culling

11:16 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

 

He just had a 2 1/2-pounder jump off half way to the boa, but he's had two bites in the last five minutes.

Howell's BASSTrakk out of service

11:03 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Randy Howell's BassTrakk has been out of the service area most of the morning. We are trying to get an update from his marshal, but it appears he has no service either. We believe Howell's weight on BassTrakk is incorrect. We will provide another update as soon as possible.

Toothy critter

10:53 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Brandon Card fishes his way around to another rocky point. A big fish hammers his jig and bows the rod over. It turns out to be a pike.

Card grabs his long nose pliers and unhooks the pike while it is still in the water. The pike's teeth must had damaged Card's line because he reties before making another cast. A keeper smallmouth soon winds up in Card's hands, but it is too small for culling.

Biffle catching undersized fish, hoping for a keeper

10:46 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Tommy Biffle continues to work the Black River that leads from the Mississippi River back toward the Clinton Street Launch. He's catching fish, but unfortunately for him, everything he's bringing aboard the boat is undersized.

He has five fish, and as we reported earlier, we're still thinking the bag goes for about 11 pounds or so.

It's warming up considerably here in southwest Wisconsin. The wind is still brisk, there are a couple guys on a spectator boat with us who have doffed their shirts.

Martens lands a good cull fish

10:28 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013
Aaron Martens is fishing near the Clinton Street bridge, just around the corner from the launch site, and he's stroking 'em now. He just landed another 2 1/2- or 2 3/4-pounder, which allowed him to cull a small one.
 
He's probably got about 12 pounds now, according to James Overstreet.
 
Martens has found the ticket today - a big jig - and he's thinking about going back to his starting point soon, now that he's figured out a pattern.

Pirch pulls in a 3-pounder

10:26 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Photo by Alex Ebertowski

Martens suddenly hot

10:11 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Aaron Martens has caught two good ones in the last 15 minutes -- one that weighs almost 3 pounds and another in the 2 1/4 range -- giving him a limit. And he just added another, so he's culling. But he only has about 9 or 10 pounds. That's according to James Overstreet, who remains on the water while I'm in the media trailer.

 

This storm is feeling imminent now, and the wind is picking up.

 

Our boat is being repaired, and we've got plenty of rain gear, so we'll see what happens from here.

 

Finally, in just one more example of Brandon Palaniuk's grace in the face of disaster this week, he just offered to be our camera boat driver, if we needed one.

 

If the storm wasn't close, I'd love to take him up on that offer. But I think he's been through enough rough water this week. 

Lane looking for fifth

10:06 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

"Bobby Lane has retied for the second time....stuck on No. 4," said Lane's Marshal. "Working hard to get to five. He has missed a couple good bites."

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