Aaron Martens' recent two-fish flurry, which also included a non-keeper, is a sign that he has started to figure out how the fish are positioned on this break-line today.
Greg Hackney is still reporting only one fish on BASSTrakk and the blog, albeit a good one in the 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 pound range. Todd Faircloth is in no man's land as far as cell service is concerned. Faircloth went out of cell coverage at 8:00 a.m. ET; his BASSTrakk unit went down and won't update automatically until he returns towards the end of the day.
This is a list of anglers that have been equipped with a BASSTrakk for championship Monday: - Greg Hackney - Todd Faircloth - Aaron Martens - Jacob Powroznik - Jared Lintner - Keith Combs - Mark Davis - Mike Iaconelli - Skeet Reese - Chris Zaldain - Randy Howell - Brandon Lester - Alton Jones - Mike McClelland - Dean Rojas
Aaron Martens just landed his second fish of the day, a 3-pounder. His boat is about 200 yards from the east bank in Little Bay de Noc, and it's in only 6 feet of water. Our boat is 20 yards further out, and we're sitting in 30 feet of water. Martens is drop-shotting along the shallow shelf, before the steep drop. And he's starting to warm up. He just caught his third keeper - a 3 1/2 pounder, like his first fish this morning. That gives him a total of about 10 pounds.
Since the weather pushed our final day to Monday, we lost most of our Marshals. Poor guys had to go back to work. So we're at a disadvantage with our BassTrakk coverage today--with just 15 Marshals providing updates from the water. Ronnie Moore will give you an update shortly on which anglers are running BASSTrakk.
Here's a breakdown of how this AOY race can shake out. (Computed by a country boy so you might want to double check my numbers. #I'mNoKenDuke) If Hackney moves up one spot (he is in 17th going into today) he wins AOY no matter what Faircloth does even if Faircloth finishes first here and collects 100 points.
When asked what he was thinking just now, Aaron Martens looked up at the sky and said, "It's dark." He was talking about the cloud cover that's now blocking what started as a bright, bright, bright, sunshiny day. But he could have been referring to his mood. Martens hasn't had a bite since boating a 3 1/2-pounder an hour ago. Martens knows he's got to hit it out of the ballpark today to have a chance at repeating as the AOY champion.
The California kid isn't letting the chilly temperatures in Escanba stop him from doing his job.
Iaconelli with a nice 4 pound smallie allowing him to cull a 2-pounder. Ike has found a sweet spot holding a sizable school and he continues to work through them. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Aaron Curtis