We've caught up with the Zen Master, Rick Clunn. According to BassTrakk, he's our leader at the moment with 16.12 of bass today. Rick is fishing off a point right now, and we've watched him change rods three times in about 10 minutes.
It's pretty cool to see the old guys leading this deal--Clunn today and Zell Rowland moved into the lead for part of the weigh-in yesterday. Earlier this week, Don Barone and I were debating about running a story on how this year's stellar rookie crop is putting a lot of pressure on the Elite veterans. As you probably know, newcomers Brett Hite and Jacob Powroznik won two of the four Elites this year.
We decided to run the story, just in case one of the old guys won this week. At this moment that looks like a good decision.
The story is called "Footsteps." You can find it here. It's a great story, an age old tale that happens in every sport, where rookies chase the veterans and sometimes inspire them to great heights.
Iaconelli's main area from yesterday has been messed up by the wind. The water was dirty and he didn't like it there even though it produced more than 18 pounds. Now he has found a new spot and has been here little over two hours and two of his bigger fish were caught there. He estimates his weight is right around 20 pounds.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Stephen Smith
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Buc Rogers
We pulled up close on Rick Clunn to shoot a little video and remarked to him that it sounded like he was talking a lot.
"I only talk when I'm catching em," he said.
We told him we'd back off quickly before he got mad.
"At least you're not Mercer," he said with a smile. "I told him yesterday he was bringing me bad luck. Well really he was my new excuse because I'd run out of old excuses."
So maybe that means Bowman and I are his good luck since Rick appears to be leading the tournament at the moment.
Photo by Bassmaster Elite Series marshal Mike Williams