Cliff Crochet's Marshal didn't leave their name, but they are clearly a poet- "Super sunrise over Cayuga and Cliff Crochet is casting for keepers!" Edit: this second photo reveals the Marshal name, and that Cliff is off to a good start- "Three in the boat good start for Cliff Crochet -Marshall Coleen Fabrizi, Burdett, NY"
Davis has his fourth in the well. It looked to be 2-pounds plus and certainly gets him in the 12-pound neighborhood. He's placed a black marker buoy on and around his key area. You can barely see it from here sometimes and then only if you are looking at it. I can only surmise, the black is so none of the other anglers can pick it out and get a bearing on this key spot. Some might say sneaky, others might say shrewd.
Day 2 launch gets underway for the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake.
So, we're running down lake, looking for leaders, when a bright orange spot appears on the horizon. "I don't know who that is in the orange shorts but you can see him from a mile away," said Bassmaster.com photographer James Overstreet. "Let's go see who that is."
According to BASSTrakk, which is on the Top 50 to 60 anglers from the Day 1 standings, Todd Faircloth has roughly 16 pounds and is unofficially leading. He is closely followed by Greg Hackney, Chris Zaldain, Fred Roumbanis and Mark Davis. Zaldain is making a charge from his mid-20's standing after Day 1. He seems to have 17 pounds already this morning. Two limits to speak of so far (Faircloth and Zaldain).
Davis has put his second in the livewell. This one looked to be about 4-pounds. Those are the type fish he will need to stay in contention. While poor-mouthing expectations is a part of this game, I think the number of 20-pound sacks weighed in yesterday surprised a lot of folks. I know it was the general consensus among the pros. This lake has the quality to do that obviously, but for how long is the question.
But at least the view ain't bad
We have drifted from the group we started with and now we see Kota Kiriyama, Aaron Martens, Randy Howell, David Walker and Ott Defoe. A lot of fish are being caught but they are pickerel. Not much conversation between anglers just yet. A couple keepers among the group should relax everyone.
Aaron Martens and Randy Howell are working the same stretch of lake, and it's produced for them both so far. They're taking turns laying into fish, none of which weigh less than 2 1/2 pounds. David Walker is creeping about, and Jason Williamson is as well. Howell just put a 3 1/2 in the boat. They're chewing this morning. "Yeah, what we needed is a lil ripple, and we've got just that," Howell said.
We are running BASSTrakk all four days of this event, but there's a very important thing to keep in mind- only half the field have the phones we use for the real-time updates. If someone who does not have a phone absolutely whacks them, you're not going to know (unless their Marshal sends us some photos or text). Starting tomorrow, when the field is cut to 50, this won't be an issue. But in the meantime, it appears that Hackney and Faircloth are leading.