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.
Bill Lowen's success in this tournament can be attributed to finding an area in Swan Creek during practice, then expanding his knowledge of it as the tournament progressed. He initially thought low tide was the key. In practice he caught bass weighing 5, 4 and 3 pounds there at low tide.
Martens is thinking about the tide. "It's a big part of it," he said while he's quietly sneaking from one boat slip to the other. He said he caught them early the first day. Then it's been a little later every day. He knows the tide has to shift but he's hoping to get some bites while the tide is "funky." It's funky right now. It's still coming up and will be at its highest point in the next 30 minutes.
See what the pros pulled out of Chesapeake Bay during Day 3 of the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite.
Aaron Martens is touching all details possible today in hopes of closing out a victory. That includes asking the boaters following him to turn off their electronics, reports Steve Bowman. And Martens has his electronics turned off as well.