Kevin Short's start to the day. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Fred Ratcliffe.
Kelly Jordon with a 2 1/2-pounder. Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Giuseppe Gallo. Caught around 7:15 am on a drop shot in 30 ft of water.
With only two tournaments left on the Elite Series schedule, this contest will have a huge impact on the AOY battle. Edwin Evers has a sizable lead. But in this humbling sport, no lead is large enough.
That's especially true when you have big hitters like Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens hot on your tail, which is exactly the case here.
Evers has been stellar all season and he has done well on smallmouth bass in northern waters. However, this event plays to the strengths of Martens and KVD. This is a great opportunity for them to gain ground on Evers.
If that should happen and the AOY race tightens, KVD will be fishing familiar smallmouth water at the final Elite Series tournament at Lake St. Clair.
Evers can't afford to have a letdown here.
That is the best pun we could come up with this early. Looks like Jeremy Starks is off to a good start. See a less dramatically backlit shot of his haul below.
Rain was in the forecast for this morning. The weatherman missed the mark big time. There isn't a cloud in the sky. There is breeze, but it should 't hinder the pros from running wherever they wish to go. This big water. When the wind howls the water beats on you.
Most of the pros have launched their boats. They'll be off and running in about 10 minutes.
This should be an intriguing tournament. There has never been a BASS tournament out of Waddington, NY before, so no one has a home field advantage.
The water here is so clear that some of the pros are telling me that the most productive depth for smallies is 40 to 60 feet. I was told that one of the pros caught a few bass 90 feet deep. Seriously?
I've yet to talk to a pro who believes this event can be won with largemouth bass, not even Ish Monroe, who likes nothing better than catching green bass in 12 inches of water.
However, quality largemouths do swim in these waters. Surely, some of the pros will go for them.
The pros believe that some limits of smallmouth bass will exceed 20 pounds. Should be fun.
I've heard through the grapevine that Brandon Palaniuk is making a long run to another planet for his fish. I think it's Saturn.
I hear the National Anthem. Time for hats off.
Everyone's hoping for a glance at huge smallies this week on the St. Lawrence River. In fact, Aaron Martens caught the biggest smallmouth of his life in pre-practice there in early July. Don't let the action from the event on the St. Lawrence pass you by! If you can’t be in Waddington, N.Y., for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River to see the action for yourself, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re there for the action. Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:15 p.m. ET all four days of competition.
Listen to what B.A.S.S. officials hear from the water via the Lowrance War Room. We'll be doing things a little differently for this event with the War Room. Check throughout Saturday and Sunday for timed updates. Once they are recorded they'll appear on the War Room page so you don't have to worry if you miss one. If you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament can tag his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster.
You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Videos are posted all four days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on track to make the Top 50 cut for Saturday or the Top 12 cut for Sunday.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and The Bassmasters hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday. After the champion has been crowned, you’ll hear from the winner in his own words — while he’s still absorbing the shock of his win.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ and Marshals' on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout the competition. B.A.S.S. reporters take to the St. Lawrence River on Saturday and Sunday, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular BASSTrakk has been revamped and now includes a map so fans can see exactly where their favorite anglers are fishing. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are. BASSTrakk is live only on Saturday and Sunday. (Prior to Saturday, the link redirects to MIssissippi River coverage.)
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!