According to Charlie Hartley's Marshal, Hartley's BASSTrakk phone isn't registering the weight anymore. While BASSTrakk has him pegged with a limit of 13-12, Hartley actually estimates he has 16 pounds. And he's culling.
Our second edition of the War Room is going up momentarily. Look for it on the homepage. Great analysis with Dave Mercer and Jay Kumar about how the guys are fishing today, with calls to James Overstreet and Mark Zona on the water.
Watching the sun set on Canada last night, I contemplated the wild, rough ride Brandon Palaniuk would encounter today on his run to Henderson Bay off Lake Ontario. The young man said he had already negotiated 6- and 8-foot waves earlier in the week, but my companions, Bassmaster Elite Series emcee Dave Mercer and Alabama pro Boyd Duckett, said the lake could get even rougher today. Both men said they had fought 12-foot waves on Ontario in the past, and there definitely are tricks for surviving those conditions in a bass boat. First, you don't want to run into the waves, Duckett said. Even if it means zigzagging -- tacking -- to reach your destination, you need to stay in the troughs between waves as much as possible. Traveling with the wind and waves lets you make much better time, but even then you have to be extremely careful. Duckett said he tries to climb to the top of a tall wave and ride the crest momentarily as he judges its condition. "If it's breaking, you don't want to cross it," he warned. Wait until it slopes more gradually, and then ride down the face. Otherwise, the bottom will drop out, and your boat will come crashing down in a bone-jarring, equipment-breaking belly flop. Fortunately, the waves are widely spaced, and skilled boaters -- as anglers at this level all are -- should be able to make good time.
Photographer Seigo Saito is on the water with Brandon Palaniuk
Bass number seven sees the interior of Palaniuk's bass boat. It's not as big as the last one, but it does allow him to cull a smaller bass.
He probably has 17 pounds or more. He needs a few more good ones to hold serve.
Chris Zaldain' s hands were shaking when he caught a 6Lbs giant bronze back! This fish was his 6th keeper and he culled a 3 pounder means 3Lbs gain! Now he is trying to fish tomorrow, he started at 50th this morning though.
Clifford Pirch, by the way, he prefers Clifford rather than Cliff, is video-game fishing, like a lot of guys this week. When he goes to the front deck, he turns around the monitor mounted by the driver's seat, so he can look at both sonar monitors. He is constantly shifting his eyes back and forth, surveying both screens. You'll see that something has obviously caught his attention when he makes a cast to drop-shot a specific area. It might be toward the bow, or closer to the stern.
Pirch has culled once in the last 30 minutes, remarking, "it won't help a lot, but it will help."
That should put him close to 16 pounds. Yesterday, when he had 22-9, Pirch was done by 11 o'clock. That isn't the case today, although this weather is exactly what several guys, like Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens, wanted - partly cloudy skies and some wind.
You haven't seen much about water temperature this week, but for the record it is 71.5 degrees here. We're still wearing light jackets, as hard as that is to imagine in the South today.
Get your GoPro on! All of Brandon Palaniuk's action is being captured from every angle. Stay tuned for more GoPro video from on the water!