Bassmaster Marshal Coleen Fabrizi for Jason Christie on Cayuga Lake
According to his Marshal, Casey Scanlon is keeping busy this morning. He's already got five in the boat. His first two catches are good for about 7 pounds. Scanlon's Marshal estimates No. 3 at 2 1/2 pounds, No. 4 at around 4 pounds, and No. 5 around 4 pounds. Not too shabby!
We're witnessing a pitching duel today, and it's not likely to change through the rest of the tournament. No one in sight is casting -- they're all pitching soft plastics into milfoil here on these flats in the north end of Cayuga. Our driver, Jeff Botting of Oswego, N.Y., says they're fishing milfoil beds, trying to hit holes in the grass. He and his fishing buddies typically toss Texas rigged craws in the grass, and they sometimes switch to finesse worms on drop shots and spinning tackle. We're camped near John Crews, and he's pitching with casting gear.
Photographer Seigo Saito and I are amongst the crowd just outside the Frontenac Park launch site. You've got to keep your head on a swivel this morning. There are anglers in every direction. We just waw Jeremy Starks get off to a good start with a bass that looked to be at least 3 1/2 pounds. Morizo Shimizu has a small limit already. We won't have to burn much gas to cover a multitude of anglers today. Shimizu just caught a 2 1/2-pounder that allowed him to cull up a bit.
The Bassmaster Elite Series is ending the way it started: The bulk of the field in the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite on Cayuga Lake is congregated in relatively small areas containing the best weedbeds and the highest concentrations of bass. Steve Bowman and I are staked out a short run from the launch site, where about 15 contenders are sharing a weedy flat. North of us, another clot of anglers is jockeying for positions. If you'll recall, the St. Johns (Florida) Elite featured about 80 of the 110 anglers crisscrossing an eelgrass bed in Lake George, where bass were spawning.
Jeremy Starks with three early with one over four pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ben Lipiec