Aaron Martens started this tournament in Little Bay de Noc and he's back there again this morning. He just caught a 3 1/2-pound smallmouth to get his day started. But Martens is going to need bigger bass than that to make a move in the AOY race. His 17-6 total on Thursday put him in 21st place, behind both Greg Hackney and Todd Faircloth.
Still no fish for Greg Hackney. He's patiently working a swim bait. Jacob Powroznik was fishing the same area and it looked like they were on a collision course but J-Proz pulled up short of Hackney. They talked for a bit and then Powroznik slowly trolled out of the area. Powroznik caught 24 pounds on Day 1, just 7 ounces less than Brett Hite. Powroznik is 4th in AOY points, 27 points behind Hackney. I suspect he ceded the area because he doesn't want to impact Hackney's title shot.
After three cancellations, the final day of the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship begins.
Skeet Reese happy to be on the water and boating a good one.
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!