After a long dry spell, Hackney just now boated his Fifth bass. This one appears to be a 2-pounder and should give him a total of 17 pounds and change. He caught the first four bass shortly after settling down off plane but the action slowed considerably after that. He's staying in the shade and has moved closer to shore, where he's working parallel to docks with a fast-moving bait of some sort. Hackney grabbed a narrow lead in the Angler of they Year race after the Delaware River Elite two weeks ago and would love to widen his margin.
Davis and Bernie got close enough to visit, which made it close enough for to ask Bernie what he had in his well. He has three fish. "Two good ones and a little one." He says total about 9 pounds. That's good for Bernie. He's in about 43rd in AOY points, which puts him on the bubble for top 50 and the Classic. Right now he needs two more solid keepers. Meanwhile he just boated a sure-enough pike. The fish weighed about 18 pounds.
Tracy Adams marshal is reporting tht he is on the board! It's 8:08 am, after a barrage of pike bites Tracy found a bass. The wind has picked up and hopefully it will perk these fish up. I have seen few rods bend in the boats around us. Counting boats I can see in the distance, it would appear that half the field is in sight of one another.
Randy Howell just caught a 3 3/4. Box is full. Marshal: Greg Bent
James Niggemeyer on the board. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Greg Gilham
The Big Show Terry Scroggins having to deal with some pike today.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Todd Keller