Greg Hackney didn't start on the east bank of Cayuga Lake this morning, like he has all week. He began on the sun-drenched west side, just north of Shelldrake Point. But after 30 minutes without a bite, Hackney moved back to the east bank that has been so good to him the last three days. It took only 10 minutes for it to produce again today. Hackney just set the hook and boated another one of those 4-pounds-plus bass, like the 4 he had yesterday that totaled 17-11.
Matt Herren has one keeper in his livewell. He had spinning tackle in his hand and it didn't look right. He held a rod upside down and said, "I feel like I should hold the rod like this." He and his marshal are enjoying their day. He said his bite doesn't come till 10 o'clock or so. As I type this, he caught his second fish — about 2-pounder.
Day 4 of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake launch gets underway.
Wow! That was quick. Jared Lintner has loaded the boat early this morning. He already as a 15-plus-pounds limit and is the unofficial leader as of 7:15 a.m. It is way too early and he would certainly need to have the biggest bag of the tournament to win this thing, but he is trying. He started the day 7 pounds, 5 ounces behind Greg Hackney.
Brandon Palaniuk has been watching several bass on his Humminbird 360, and one of them decided it wanted a bite of his Berkley Twitchtail Minnow. It turned out to be a 3-pound smallie. He's about a half mile north of where Zaldain and Faircloth are at, and he's fishing a rockpile on the edge of a dropoff. He said yesterday that there was bait stacked from 10 feet deep down to 40, but they're not here today. The bass are still there, though. "I think when they're on that rock, they're just hanging out," he said.
As Jacob Powroznik made a short move with four fish weighing around 5 pounds, we moved on to Matt Herren, who is about 200 yards away from Powroznik.
In a span of 10 minutes, we've seen two big 4-pounders by Zaldain, and finally Faircloth answers with his own, probably around the same weight. There's a reason these guys are fishing on Sunday, they've figured something out in this cove.
I photographed takeoff and then got to Jacob Powroznik. As I approached him, he was catching his first keeper. I have been covering him for 10 minutes now, and he has four fish in the livewell. He is finesse fishing.