Aaron Martens poses with his third fish of day. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Chris Fisher
James Elam appears to be taking his time with all his catches. I'm talking like 5 to 10 minutes. He's doing quite well today, so I'm not judging. We appreciate it because we're not missing any photos because we have plenty of time to get ready. James and Brett Hite have pretty much stayed in this area all morning. It's very close to takeoff, and I could probably swim back to the hotel if I needed to.
Bertrand poses with No. 2. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Tyler Boulanger
Powroznik hooked up on this spot and during the fight Hackney and him began conversing. After talking he said if this is a smallmouth it's a record because it was obviously something different. Powroznik boated a big drum and then released it. Not a lot of bass in the boat so far for these two. They certainly know how to catch them though.
The AOY Championship battle for second place has been a point of interest this week, with Aaron Martens having already clinched the title. Dean Rojas and Justin Lucas have had the best years of their careers, which is more significant for the 44-year-old Rojas than it is for the 29-year-old Lucas.
I've been fortunate enough to catch some fantastic smallmouth bass over the years from this very spot. Sister Islands. They'll spawn here by the thousands, and then move off the ledge that is just a couple hundred yards from the two small islands. They basically live on this complex throughout the year. There are some big smallies right here, right now. If... No, WHEN you come to visit, make sure you stop at Sister Islands for a case of Velcro thumb, it'll be worth it.
Greg Hackney and Jacob Powroznik made a move together and headed north. We are now a few miles north of Sturgeon Bay, but they did indeed stop at the same spot. Haven't seen any action so far, but it can happen quick if you find an untouched population of smallmouth.
This week we've seen Josh Bertrand rely heavily on a handful of channel markers that line the shipping channel here in Sturgeon Bay. "Not sure why they hold to these things so good but they do," Bertrand offered up. Upon further prodding, Bertrand described his pattern this week saying he's caught bass a hundred feet or maybe a little more from the channel markers. Without a lot of added structure at the bottom of these buoys, it can be hard to understand exactly what holds bass in the general area.