The Escanaba Wind may have cancelled three days of the AOY Championship, but it also brought a gift: time.
As I was looking for Greg Hackney and found Day 1 leader Brett Hite. Nothing was going on with him so far this morning. Then ran into Rookie of the Year Jacob Powroznik. He just caught 2.5 pounder. Photo by Seigo Saito
Greg Hackney is on the board with a 4- or 4 1/2-pound smallmouth. He caught it on a jerkbait. Not a lot of celebration. He put it in the livewell in a workman-like manner and got right back to business.
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.