Josh Bertrand made his way to Erie this morning. He now has a limit of nearly 16 pounds, according to BASSTrakk.
Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Benjamin Felton
Kota Kiriyama just caught his 4th keeper. And it is a true giant! It took 7 minutes to hug this monster. He needs one more big one for a great day.
From Kentaro Amagai, Basser magazine
Photos from Matthew Dillon, Marshal for Cliff Pace.
As everyone knows, if you want to get what you really want for your birthday, you need to pick it out yourself. Aaron Martens has been trying to keep his mind off the perfect gift this week, concentrating instead on simply winning the Elite Series Plano Championship Chase, not his dream present, the 2013 Toyota Angler of the Year award.
Before , Martens finished wrapping the ultimate gift for his 41st birthday and put a nice bow on it. Now he's simply got to deliver it back to the weigh-in site.
Martens put-on a video-game-fishing, drop-shotting clinic this morning on Lake Erie. When we left him at , Martens had close to 20 pounds in the boat.
"AOY would be a great birthday present," Marten said, after landing a 4-pound smallmouth at , shortly after we finally found him in the Pelee Islands area of Lake Erie.
He already had three fish in the boat at that point, including a 1 1/4-pound dink. An hour later, he'd culled the dink in favor of another fatty.
Slowly but surely, with the occasional drum or walleye catch in between, Martens added smallmouth in the 4-pound range until he couldn't tell them apart, with the exception of one that weighed closer to 5 pounds.
While he plans to give himself plenty of time to make the run back to the weigh-in site, his initial goal stayed on his mind.
"I want to win this tournament," Marten said.
But you talk about relaxed - that was A-Mart this morning. He was celebrating his birthday in a way that appeared unlikely when the week began. Happy birthday to him.
Yusuke Miyazaki just boated this 3-pounder!
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal George Stoneroad
Cameraman Brian Mason just made it back with some awesome GoPro footage! Looks like Mark Davis went to work early catching 3 giants! That's Davis in the photo.
Brian Snowden is looking for a big fish to fill his limit.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Don LaPorte
My boat driver for the day was Steve, who is a tow truck driver by night, bass fisherman by day. He gets off work at 7am, and he is on Lake St. Clair by 8. I can tell you one other thing about Steve- he likes going really fast and thinks its hilarious to terrify Alabama web designers who find themselves in a bass boat on Lake St. Clair. I would summarize my time as "choppy" but Steve said that it was pretty calm. I can't imagine what it's like on Erie, but I hear Steve Wright had a real good time today.
Kevin VanDam and Jonathon VanDam are fishing 100 feet apart in 13 feet of water not far from the launch location. KVD makes cast after cast.
Just watched Jonathan VanDam have an epic struggle with.... a muskie. He says he has two bass in the boat. His uncle, Kevin VanDam, left this area of Lake St. Clair, but other Elite anglers have shown up. BJ Haseotes and Bobby Lane are in the area. Cliff Prince drifts by and says he has about 13.5. JVD jokes they need some live bait like all the other weekenders they are surrounded by.
Here's Prince and JVD having a powwow.