Davy Hite talks to Bill Lowen about the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite on Chesapeake Bay event.
Spend Day 4 with Aaron Martens as he goes wire-to-wire to win the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Chesapeake Bay.
Mike Iaconelli, who looked past the Middle River area where the winning bags were caught, said “Shame on me for writing that stuff off.”
Bill Lowen mounted a furious charge early in his attempt to run down Aaron Martens on the final day of the Huk Performance Fishing Elite Series at Chesapeake Bay.
You just thought Aaron Martens was getting excited 30 minutes ago. Martens just landed what he thinks is a 7-pounder, which almost slipped from his hand as he was grabbing it. Fired up doesn't begin to describe his mood. "That fish could have come off so easily," Martens yelled. "It came off in my hands. Whoo-hoo! It's looking like a 19-pound day, boys!"
Aaron Martens has suddenly gone from frustrated to fired up, Steve Bowman reports. The tide is falling to where Martens needs it. He's missed on several bites today, but he's starting to connect. Martens has about 9 1/2 pounds on 4 fish, which includes a 13-inch that he needs to cull. You'd have to think Bill Lowen has just about maximized his possibilities with 16 or 17 pounds today.
If you recall what happened at the St. Lawrence River two weeks ago, you might think that Bill Lowen has karma in his favor today. The scenario was this: Kevin Ledoux and Lowen had shared a hotspot on the river the first two days. Lowen said he'd blown his chances at a Top 12 finish by losing some key fish, and therefore was "just fishing for points" on Day 3. But Ledoux was in contention for his first Elite Series Top 12, so Lowen put Ledoux on what had been his best spot in that area.
There’s a lot of fishing left, and it won’t surprise me at all if Aaron Martens still pulls this one out of the fire. But for now, the situation seems eerily reminiscent of the event we had on Guntersville back in April. Michael Iaconelli led the first three days of that tournament, but he just never seemed confident that he’d located enough fish to last for four days. On Day 4, we saw why.
Championship Sunday is going to play out like a football game. This will be a tale of two halves, due to the tides and the difference in the areas where Aaron Martens and Bill Lowen are fishing. Lowen has dominated the first half, when the tide was in his favor. High tide at the north end of Chesapeake Bay is going to be around noon. Lowen can catch fish on high tide as long as the water is flowing, but he's about to hit that deadly slack-water period, when nothing bites.