Jonathon VanDam just came off of plane, jumped from the cockpit and started pitching a dark tube. With a refinery in the background, he's working with minimal current and clear water. He's dead-sticking in 28 to 30 feet of water that's just under 68 degrees.
The weather was mild but the tension was palpable at the final-day launch on St. Clair.
Most any angler will tell you this week, sunshine is key. But you just have to step back sometimes and appreciate things for what they are. It's an absolutely beautiful morning on Lake St. Clair. A light breeze, 68 degrees and zero humidity. A day not found often on St. Clair, and one we've really enjoyed twice already this week. The sun will hopefully come out in a bit, and the fish will hopefully start biting better. But man, what a beauty of a morning.
Todd Faircloth just told us he's got four in the livewell with his last catch. His fourth fish was a fiesty 3 1/2-pounder that he fought for a while before dipping below the water and wrestling it up into the boat. We guess he's got around 11 pounds in the boat.
Except, he's not actually here yet. He told us he'd be here after checking one spot, which looks to have coughed up a nice one, according to BASSTrakk. Now, if only I'd brought a Muskie stick while we wait ... Seriously, I'm kidding.
Starting the morning with a POW! Chris Lane just hooked up with No.1 and it was a tank! A 4-plus-pound smallmouth. Lane fought the fish and tried to boat flip the beast and when he did his line broke ... but the fish made it in the boat successfully. Moments later he hooked up with his second keeper of the day, a 2 1/2-pound smallmouth. Two in the boat for Lane already.
From what we can tell Todd Faircloth is fishing a clear hard or sand spot in about 17 feet of water. The area he's fishing is surrounded by "cabbage," as our boat driver called it. This clear area acts as a transition area for fish in this spot. It looks as though Faircloth is using his graph and targeting specific fish as well.
Aaron Martens' first cast ... a little later than planned! Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Randy Wilson