Morizo Shimizu is away from the crowds, but just a few miles away from where all the action was earlier. Shimizu just hooked up in the rough waves of the Great Lakes. He fought the fish and struggled to get it at the side of the boat for a solid 45 seconds before finally grabbing the big smallmouth. I'd estimate it at close to 4 pounds, maybe 3 3/4. He now has three in the boat. Shimizu told us that he lost two good ones at the boat earlier because of the waves pushing the fish into the boat.
The numeral 50 is much on the minds of many Elite Series anglers this week. If you aren't ranked in the top 50 of the season-long Toyota Angler of the Year points after this tournament, you won't be fishing in the season-ending AOY Championship at Sturgeon Bay in mid-September. Your Elite Series season is over.
Several cities have areas known as ‘Miracle Miles’, including Los Angeles, Chicago and of course Detroit. The Miracle Mile in Detroit is a section of real estate in downtown along the Detroit River that connects Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. In the bass fishing world it is considered one of the worse sections of waters to run in a bass boat. On any summer weekend you can expect to encounter multiple freighters, yachts, and various large pleasure boats making their way all at once through the ‘Miracle Mile’.
Eight weeks of competition, thousands and thousands of miles of travel, hundreds and hundreds of hours of practice, casting, too many times to count.
Jordan Lee is having a great rookie year, but the young Alabama pro who sits 16th in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points, was quick to admit a feeling of aimlessness in the pre-dawn darkness prior to Day 1 of competition at the Plano Bassmaster Elite on Lake St. Clair.
Justin Lucas' final practice day on Lake St. Clair.
Start of Day 2 of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional
It took 82 pounds, 4 ounces for Chris Lane to win the Aug. 22-25, 2013 Elite Series event at Lake St. Clair. Several of the anglers polled yesterday think it will take a few more pounds than that to win it this year - more like 84 or 85. Lane led on Day 1 in 2013 with a 22-pound, 9-ounce five-bass limit. Mark Davis was second with 22-11 and Aaron Martens was third with 21-14. There were 9 bags over 20 pounds. Davis led the tournament the next two days before Lane rallied to win.
The Bassmaster Elite Series pros head out for the first day of the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair.