Mike McClelland starting his morning with a catch outside the mouth that's no good and must go back in the water.
Hand warmers are a must this morning as Chad Morgenthaler readys his equipment
Today James Overstreet and I are following the AOY leader Greg Hackney. Greg has motored a mere five minutes from the takeoff site. He's fishing in Little Bay de Noc with large piles of coal serving as a backdrop. It's a gorgeous calm day in the Little Bay, barely a cloud in the sky. No fish catches yet for Greg. Always the photographer, Overstreet just said, "He needs to catch a fish right now because the lighting is perfect."
Greg hackney has started his day within a mile of the launch in downtown Escanaba. Photo by James Overstreet
The final day of the AOY Championship has officially begun! There's a sense of celebration in the air today, with everyone finally getting to the task at hand after 3 days of cancelations. The temperature is 36 degrees, wind coming from the west at 6 miles an hour. I'm wearing every layer of clothes I brought. It's hard to blog with gloves on, though, so my hands are a bit chilly at the moment!
There are a myriad of story lines to follow today. The biggest of course is the three-way battle between Hackney, Faircloth and Martens. Hackney is in charge of this contest. If he gets up there in that 20-pound plus range he will make it difficult on the other two, unless of course he has a lot of company with stringers like that.
The weather predictions called for temps in the 50s today with clear skies warning into the 60s. They missed it a bit. There's a frost advisory in some of these parts and the temperature is actually around 32 degrees. "Pretty frosty, eh," says my driver for this week, Ron Young, a true Yooper.