The word 'anticlimactic' has been tossed around quite a bit here this week. Partly because Aaron Martens dominated the entire Elite field to the point he had already won AOY before the Toyota Angler of the Year Championship Week had even begun. Another 'anticlimactic' complaint is the lack of focus on the actual winner of this week's event. Whoever catches the most weight this week against the 50 best anglers in the world will have accomplished a huge feat.
Justin Lucas needs to keep an eye on Edwin Evers if he wants to stay in second place in the AOY standings for the 2015 season. And, if you look at the BASSTrakk map, Lucas might be able to do just that. Both anglers are in the Egg Harbor area.
We've seen inflatable rafts, paddleboards, Coast Guard vessels, canoes, yachts, other bass boats, walleye boats, and multiple shore fisherman all almost literally surrounding Brett Hite as he fishes. Polling my boat, I don't think we've ever seen this many different watercraft in such a short period of time. It's a cornucopia of watercraft. If you were writing a children's book to describe all the different kind of boats, you should just come here and watch Brett Hite fish for 10 minutes.
At this second spot, tournament leader Greg Hackney has poked around in 30 feet of water on this reef with no luck so far. He has had a spinning rod in his hand for the majority of today, but we have seen him flip around with a baitcaster. Meanwhile, Jacob Powroznik has wandered off to another portion of this reef and is sticking with a spinning rod so far. On our electronics it looks like Powroznik is over on another hump in a similar depth. Very quiet today on the water. Not much action has happened.
Still looking for his first fish, Jason Christie left his deep-water spot and made a 10 minute run south to a shallow flat. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Matt Franzini
The forecast called for a 7-10 mph winds out of the west. Instead, it's bucking 15-20 from the southwest, and it's going to be an interesting ride back to weigh-in. Ish decided to move into Sister Bay, out of the wind, hoping to fill his limit. He's fishing a sea wall just outside of a small marina where average size fish are typically available. He's still looking for three fish to start culling. Onward.
Jacob Powroznik hooked up again and boated a keeper smallmouth. That is two keepers if my count is correct. We have seen both of his fish today, but we could have missed one in the first five minutes of the day.
Bobby Lane is on the board. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jared Pamperin