Take a trip down the scenic Delaware and catch up with the Elites as they take on Day 2 of Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River.
It's Day 2 on the Delaware River with the Elites and we're bringing you all of the on the water action.
While we're talking about zeroes, you should know that they're pretty unusual. Most of the Elite anglers will go through the entire season without ever coming to the weigh-in empty-handed, but eventually it gets them all…almost.
Martens and I had a long conversation on his way back through. He is disappointed that he spent a lot of time fishing during practice on non-current related spots. He said the tide tables are off and that has hurt him. He believes his chances for fishing tomorrow will be greater if he could put another two pounds in the boat. His perception at this point is that the population of fish is not that high and these anglers are putting some pressure on them. He feels that there is plenty of bait in the river but the tide drop won't allow a very productive spawn.
Boyd Duckett leads the Delaware River Elite event by 4 pounds, 12 ounces. That might not sound like a lot, but there are a couple of reasons to believe that his lead is positively huge…and fragile. First let's talk fragile. The Delaware River is a tough fishery—about as tough as anywhere the Elites have been. Success one day is absolutely no guarantee of success the next, so everyone is correct to wonder if Duckett can do it again. If he can, this derby will be all but over before the weekend gets here.
Just spoke with Aaron Martens. He is fishing "new stuff" this afternoon. He is taking advantage of the tide swing. Just before I arrived he put a good-sized smallie in his livewell. He only has two fish but his attitude is all positive. He didn't stay long after I arrived. He moved down the bank a bit and dropped his trolling motor. He began what he hopes is a fourth-quarter comeback!