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Pipkins with a big fish

Aug 11, 2013

Just as we were starting to leave Chad Pipkins he hauled in a nice 4 and a quarter pound smallmouth. That's a good start to the day for Chad. "Could you start to leave me again?" Pipkins said with a laugh. He, like most anglers is always looking for a behavior to repeat that may help them catch another fish.

JVD, Hawk and Pipkins fishing close together

Aug 11, 2013

Steve Bowman (in photo) and I are on the St Lawrence, about 3 miles west of Morristown, NY, where we launched this morning. The wind here is brisk, 10 miles an hour or better, bringing some chop to the water. Chad Pipkins just told us this is more wind than he had all day yesterday.

Henderson Bay

Aug 11, 2013

Battle of the Young Guns

Aug 11, 2013

Today's Top 12 could be called the battle of the young guns. The top five, Brandon Palaniuk, JVD, Cliff Pirch, Chad Pipkins, and Kevin Hawk, are all under 30. Also in the top 12 are Ott DeFoe and Josh Bertrand, under 30 as well.

Kennedy looking for No. 2

Aug 11, 2013

Aaron Martens started today at 7th

Aug 11, 2013

Aaron started his day at a new fresh area. "I'm tired of my spots. I like to fish new spots. I like to have a fun today."

Steve Kennedy's at his honey hole

Aug 11, 2013

Half Way to Henderson

Aug 11, 2013

I'm now riding with Randy Yeager, our boat driver yesterday. We're halfway to Henderson Bay. Yeager is a fishing guide and a veteran tournament angler. He won a Bassmaster Eastern Invitational in 2000 at Lake Okeechobee.  He is very impressed with Palaniuk's performance yesterday. "To make that long run and hang in there in that rough water the way he did was  impressive," Yeager says. "He didn't catch his first bass for quite awhile. A lot of guys would have bailed on that spot.

Jay Kumar Coffee Genious

Aug 11, 2013

I'm staying in a lake house overlooking the St. Lawrence River with several other media types that are covering this Elite Series tournament. Some of us are coffee addicts that need a shot of caffeine to get kick-started in the morning. We thoroughly enjoyed the Keurig coffee brewer at the house, until we discovered this morning that we had used up all the little coffee dispensers.

Back to Henderson Bay

Aug 11, 2013

Ace photographer Seigo Saito and I are again driving by car to Henderson Bay, the scene of Brandon Palaniuk's heroics yesterday. Despite a relentless wind and 3 to 4 foot waves, Palaniuk sacked 20 pounds, 9 ounces of bass to boost his lead. The wind is slight this morning. Palaniuk will make good time making the 100+ mile run to Henderson Bay. And, the fishing conditions should be much more favorable than yesterday. It is now Palaniuk's tournament to lose. That doesn't seem likely, but strange things have a way of happening in this sport.

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