Todd Faircloth entered this final tournament on Oneida Lake with something to prove.
It's fitting that as soon as I write that last blog that DeFoe would pick up his trolling motor and take off. We headed up to the lake, again heading extremely shallow and fishing where we've seen few boats travel.
It's interesting that DeFoe and Chapman are fishing so close together. Or more correctly found the same fish. While Chapman has the lead at the moment, this is obviously a place where DeFoe could make up some ground.
With the third hour of Day One now on the record, we've got a glimpse of the early morning bite at Oneida Lake. It seems to be holding steady.
We've followed Ott DeFoe back toward the launch site.
We just caught up with B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet (left) and B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer.
No Elite Series angler has a better track record at Oneida Lake than Dean Rojas, who won here in 2008 and has two other top 4 finishes here. Rojas noted this morning that the lake is lower this year than it has been in the previous four Elite Series events on Oneida – not by a bunch – but it's lower.
The Erie Canal is on both ends of Oneida Lake. Back in the day, when they were digging the canal, they'd dump the soil into Oneida. So there are sections of the lake labeled "dumping grounds" on the map.
We've pulled up on Ott DeFoe who is fishing a shallow area between two islands. He just pulled in a nice two pound smallie. He now has three in the Livewell. We're estimating he has between 7 and 8 pounds total.