I've been holed up in master control, putting together a gallery of Hank Cherry's morning so I've been out of touch. It looks like Cherry had added a couple, which means he's continuing to drop the cherry bomb on the rest of the field. He's in, or at least should be, so we are going to hop around and try to get one of the anglers trying to make a move for the final four. We expect that to be in the 25 pound total range, so our choices are numerous at the moment.
Mike Iaconelli is now fishing near the mouth of the Muskegon River. And he's running and gunning. We've seen him fish three spots in about three minutes. He is fishing the buoys, running from one to the next. Sometimes, bass will stack up along the buoy cable. We're guessing he's throwing a jig or creature bait.
Photo by Dustin Daggett
A lot of observers think that weights actually go up on Day 2 of Elite events, but that's not usually true. On average, weights falls ever so slightly in the second round of Elite events, though they do go slightly up on occasion. For this tournament on Muskegon Lake, however, I'm expecting weights to be substantially up on Day 2 for one very big reason. The anglers only had one day to practice on the lake instead of their usual two and a half. That means they're less in tune with the fishery and didn't have a chance to fully identify productive areas and patterns. To a great extent, many of them were still practicing on Friday, even though it was a competition day. I'm willing to bet that weights go up noticeably on Day 2 as these guys get dialed in to the fishery. Another reason to expect bigger catches is that the standings are so tight after Day 1. Cliff Pace leads the way with 14-4, but fifth place is less than a pound and a half back. None of the leaders can afford to take their foot off the gas and coast into the Evan Williams Bourbon Championship. It's too close, there's too much at stake and a few ounces will go a long way tomorrow.
Aaron Martens is fishing in the middle of a big marina, Muskegon Yacht
Club, which is full of sailboats large and small. He is fishing a
shaky head along the bottom. Now he's switching over to a crankbait.
Aaron has around 8 pounds in his livewell. He referred to them as "Two
that I need and two little rats."