Anytime I get the opportunity to hit the tournament trail I also make it a point to find what the local specialty is. I had Detroit circled on my calendar because I'd heard about Buddy's Pizza. It did not disappoint. Detroit-style pizza is square and called "Greek pizza". If you find yourself fishing Lake St. Clair, I highly suggest you get yourself some of it. I am not sponsored by Buddy's, but after this meal am willing to listen to any offers.
Lane just landed back to back 2 pounders. He is working the his area by drifting. After his drift he fires up the main engine and runs back to his starting over. He just landed another that looks to be 2.5 pounds. He just switched to a bait cast combo and a tube. All the prior fish came on the drop shot. His total looks to be 16 pounds or so.
Lane has two fish. He just landed a fish about 4 pounds and now a 3-pounder. He is sharing the water with local walleye anglers. He should have a little over 11 pounds. Alton Jones is close also.
Morizo just lost a 3-pounder at the boat, but quickly rebounded and boated a 3.
Mark Davis is trying to finish off this tournament that he has led for the past two days. If he can close it out, it would be his first Bassmaster win since 2005. That's a long dry spell for one of the most accomplished anglers in BASS history, and one of the all-time nicest guys on the circuit.
Davis has won both the Bassmaster Classic (1995) and three Angler of the Year titles ('95, '98 and '01). He will be 50 years old in October, and he'd relish proving today that he's still got what it takes to win out here.
He's making a long run – uncharacteristic for him – to Lake Erie. He's got a spot to himself that is stacked with big but finicky smallmouth bass.
"I may only get seven bites all day," Davis said. "But if you catch five of these fish, they're going to weigh 20 pounds. That's the thing that keeps me there, the quality. Tuesday (during practice) I caught 25 pounds there."
Twenty-five would definitely seal the deal for Davis.
Chris Lane has his first fish at about 3 /12 pounds, and he's fishing a visible distance from Alton Jones.
According to BassTrakk, Alton Jones is still here at Metro Park. That is inaccurate. It appears that his Basstrakk unit went down this morning right before launch. We are working to correct this issue now.
Takeoff time for the 12 finalists today was 6:45 a.m., instead of the 6:30 start on the previous three days. Check-in time is 3:15. The change was made to accommodate photography.
And a beautiful morning it is in Detroit: partly cloudy skies, 62 degrees, with a predicted high in the mid to upper 80s. Wind is the key weather factor for the anglers making long runs - whether to Lake Erie or Lake Huron. It's supposed to be 10 to 15 miles per hour out of the southwest.
But there's more rough water created by other boaters on The Great Lakes at this point in the weekend. At least with the wind, you know what direction the waves will come. With all the boat traffic, there will be rollers coming from every direction by noon.
That's why my two blue boys and I talked our way off the water today. I'm still stepping like I'm sneakin' through the neighbor's watermelon patch.
It's obvious that Davis isn't fishing a community hole. He's in the middle of Lake Erie, and as far as you can see in any direction there are no other tournament fishermen in sight.
It's a desert of water.
David found his big smallies on his own in one day of practice. That speaks highly of his ability to use this electronics, his brain and his tackle to find out where the bass are and what they're doing.
Despite the slow bite and the Elite Series tournament pressure-cooker, Davis is Steady Eddy. His experience and easy-going good nature allow him to operate as though this is just another day of fishing.
Klotz tells us that Mark Davis starts out drop shot fishing with one lure in the morning. Later in the day, he switches to another bait. It looks to be a small, wacky rigged sinking worm.
Why he's doing this I don't know. I can't wait to find out why. Since this is the last day of the tournament, we are free to pass along that information.