Chad Morganthaler fishing under bridges. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal David Zimmerman
Tracy Adams wasn't too far from Shryock. He too was having a rough day and is exploring new territory. When asked if the change in tide would perk things up, he said, "I sure hope so."
Fletcher Shryock was pulling up his trolling motor and gave me the thumbs down. When asked, he said he had zero fish so far. He indicated he needed to catch them by 9:30 and for whatever reason it did not happen. He has been hitting the same areas as yesterday but feels the timing was off. He felt confident coming into today and was still confident it could happen before day's end. We are sitting on high tide and most are waiting for a switch. Byron Velvick actually offered a time when he felt it would turn on. There is still hope!
Kevin VanDam's zero on Day 1 of the Delaware River Elite event was his first since Day 3 on the Mississippi River in 2009 (June 13). He finished 28th in that tournament. If you have to zero, Day 3 or Day 4 (when you're already in the money) is a good time to do it. Before that, KVD last zipped on the final day of the last Tour event of the 2005 season (April 3) at Table Rock Lake. He finished 4th there.
McClelland working while some watch and others play. Searching for 5th. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Avery Neely
Just pulled up to Byron Velvick and he indicated he has a limit but no heavyweights. He is "bouncing around" between a few areas.
Shimizu just hooked up on this slack high tide. It was a quick battle and he swung it in. However, it wouldn't help his cause and he put it back into the water with his ever-positive and professional expression. He has to wait a bit before tide movement starts.
Jeremy Starks searches for some brown fish. We can't get much farther north. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal James Thompson
Well worth the wait — another 2-pounder in the boat. That's two in the box for Brandon Palaniuk. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Brian Christy.