Photographer Seigo Saito and I are driving by car to find Brandon Palaniuk and his Mother Load of giant smallmouth bass. His fish are a long way from Waddington. I feel like an astronaut blasting off for Mars. We're going to meet boat driver Randy Yeager on the way there. He's from Kissimmee, Fla. Apparently, he spends his summers fishing here in upstate New York. Tough gig.
The pros have launched their boats and the sun is breaking over the eastern horizon to shine brightly on day three of the St. Lawrence Elite Series tournament. It is much cooler this morning and the wind is already substantial. The forecast called for 10 to 15 mph winds today. I suspect that they will be stronger.
The first thing I noticed this morning is the American flag outside my door standing almost straight up. Weather.com says it's blowing 10 miles per hour our of the west/southwest. It looks a little stronger than that. But who am I to second guess the weather gurus Regardless, this is the windiest day of the week, making you wonder what that means for Brandon Palaniuk.
Go backstage at the St. Lawrence River!
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This is a shout out to our camera boat driver today, Scott Silvers, who is pictured here. Scott was a font of knowledge about the local waters. He lives on Chaumont Bay on Lake Ontario. In fact he's the 5th generation of his family to live in the area.
Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens have survived to be dealt another hand in bass fishing's version of Texas Hold 'Em.
One mistake in the excitement of zeroing in on a school of big smallmouth could have cost Brandon Palaniuk his lead in the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown.
See how the Elites did out on the water for Day Two of the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown!