We have been following Mike Iaconelli for about a hour. During that time he has mostly fished buoys. Just a few casts on each one, then moving on to the next one in sight. Intrepid photographer James Overstreet said iit's like trying to follow a spider monkey.
As mentioned earlier, we've seen smallmouth bass schooling around some buoys. Though we haven't witnessed Iaconelli catching anything. "I've never seen an Elite so focused on buoys," said Overstreet. Something is working for Ike today, he's sitting in second on BassTrakk.
Photo by Carlos Vergara
Getting caught up a bit from some of the spectators. Like we guessed, these guys are running and gunning.
We just learned that KVD went to a place called the McCracken. I'm not even sure of the spelling. But if you've watched The Wrath of the Titans, then you will understand what went through my mind when I heard that: Uh oh, KVD fixin' to release the McCracken on that ...
Kevin VanDam has to be feeling some pressure right now, as much as KVD can feel after accomplishing two lifetimes worth of B.A.S.S. titles. He knows four bass weighing 8 1/2 pounds isn't going to get it done today.
VanDam is at Great Lakes Marina, fishing near the Milwaukee Clipper ship that is now permanently anchored here. He's having to spend some time directing traffic among the observer boats he has following him. VanDam is working the channel edges as he goes back into the marina.
VanDam has mentioned more than once this week how meaningful it is to have a B.A.S.S. event so close to his home. Kalamazoo is only an hour and 15-minute drive from his house. Even though he hasn't fished a tournament on Muskegon in over 20 years, he grew up fishing this lake and still uses it often for various video work.
It would be a blow to VanDam if he isn't among the Final Four at White Lake on Sunday, and right now he's not.
We just rolled up on Alton Jones. He's fishing shallow, real shallow. The rest of the field has been in the 8- to 10-feet range.
Alton is pitching around docks. And in the short time we've been here, he's culled twice.
Jonathon VanDam says with the sun coming out, he could make a move doing this.
One of the spectators just told us that he culled once before we got here.