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.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chris Fisher
This angler on the shore has some competition for his spot- Brett Hite and James Elam, who you see currently catching a fish. The shore angler, put down his rod and grabbed his cell phone to record Elam's catch. But now, he's right back at it. He seems to be working the "cast towards Brett Hite's boat" pattern, but Brett just turned to us and smiled.
Ish Monroe is still looking for a limit, missing three fish yet. He moved to a small hump about two miles south of the legendary Sister Islands. Ish is sharing the hump with Jordan Lee, both haven't hooked up yet, but this spot looks like the kind that holds fish. The waves are building, but a finesse presentation seems to be norm. That can become very difficult to manage with rolling water, but for now they're making it work.
We're with Ott DeFoe in the Strawberry Islands area. No other anglers in sight. And DeFoe just landed his third keeper. We believe that gives him 10 pounds so far. He started the day 34th in the AOY standings. So these three fish put him in good shape for the Classic. DeFoe is not feeling too confident just yet. "I'd like to have two more to go with them," he said.
Greg Hackney and Jacob Powroznik simultaneously pulled up their trolling motors and headed out. We are in hot pursuit as both anglers head north towards Sturgeon Bay. They may be headed to the same area as well. We will see.
Mike Iaconelli caught a 4 1/2-pounder at 8:20 and a 3-pounder at 8:42 this morning, giving him two good fish in the livewell early on Day 3. That was the magic salve on Day 2 for Iaconelli's mental wounds that occurred on Day 1. "Having two early in the morning," Iaconelli said Friday, when asked the difference between his 11-7, 4-bass bag the day before and his limit weighing 16-10 that day. "The first day I was stressed out. I'm looking at my watch. I'm already two hours behind."