Yes, there's a five-bass limit in Elite Series events. Some guys cull their way through a bunch of bass to get their biggest five. Chris Zaldain is strictly on a big-bass pattern. Part of that is dictated by what he can see on spawning beds. But a lot of the big bass in The Delta are caught "just fishing," as in not looking at them, but having a good idea of where the big fish live. You can also influence the size of those bites by lure selection – big baits equal big bass, for the most part.
I imagine we will be staying within zoom lens range of Skeet Reese throughout the day. He's a good horse to bet on in this race. He's fresh from a win on Alabama's Lake Guntersville in April, and he lives within an hour or so of where he's fishing now. He knows these waters intimately. True, he trails Chris Zaldain by 5 pounds at this point, but Zaldain was helped greatly by a 12-pound "freak of nature," as B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer calls giant bass. It's ground he can easily make up.
First limit of the day is claimed by Chad Morgenthaler. His limit is approximately 11 pounds, but it is certainly a welcomed sight for Morgenthaler, who didn't have the best Day 1 he wanted. After talking with him on Day 1, he said he had the opportunities to have over 20 pounds, but with the way things worked out he didn't land the fish he needed to. On social media he said he was going to get mad at the fish. It looks like he has so far.
David Walker is fishing this morning to a unique soundtrack-- a herd of sheep are on the bank about 10 yards from him, and they are braying to beat the band. To our ears they are saying "Daaaave, Daaaave." The noise must have been getting to Walker. After boating his third fish he took off for a new location.
The California Delta is full of big ole fish and we saw quite a few caught yesterday. Unofficially, we saw roughly 40 5+ pounders caught on Day 1. We will see if Day 2 will be better than Day 1 or if it will drop some. Almost every angler has a BASSTrakk today so today's info will be more accurate than yesterday.
Greg Hackney with three fish this morning so far. He has about 8 pounds right now and is starting off quick.
David Walker started fast today. He has two keepers in the livewell for about 6 pounds.
Kelley Jaye with the first fish over 5 pounds today. Yesterday, Steve Kennedy was the first angler with a big one at 7:48 a.m. Jaye caught his today at 7:41 a.m. The first fish was slower than yesterday, but the kicker was quicker today!
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Skeet Reese, No. 2 in the standings as the second round of competition in the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River got under way this morning, roared through a cut into his chosen bay at 7:30 a.m. — right on time. That means he’s about 75 minutes south of the takeoff at Discovery Park in Sacramento. It was a stunning sight as his boat laid over to make the turn into the cut, backlit and spray flying.