We're on our way back toward the launching area and see three pros fishing in the same proximity. They include Morizo Shimizu, Matt Herren and Brian Snowden. Shimizu is concerned that his two largest bass aren't doing well. He's also concerned that he has two bass in his live-well that need to be culled. Time is short for him and all the other pros. I'm sure many of them are stressing for a kicker bass or two right now. One good fish can mean the difference between making the top 50 cut or not.
John Murray is fishing up some large bass, too. Here he is, culling both a largemouth and a smallmouth. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chad van Slyke.
Day Two on St. Lawrence proves to be fruitful for DeFoe.
Elite Series pro Cliff Pirch just boated another 5-pounder on Day Two of the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River
J Todd Tucker is in a better mood than Aaron Martens and Ish Monroe, the pros we left a few minutes ago. He tells us he has 20 pounds in the box. Tucker runs a short distance upstream and stops to talk to Fred Roumbanis. I suspect that they are sharing information. Tucker leaves and now we are watching Roumbanis. He is drifting with the current close to the shoreline. "It's going slow for me, he says. "I've got a limit but I don't have any big ones. I need some big ones."
Brandon Card fishes up a keeper, by the looks of it. He's going to cull this one.
Bassmaster Marshal Dave Garber catches Cliff Prince lifting an almost 3 pounder into the boat. He also culls one that's 2 and a fourth pounds.
The guys making a run at AOY this year are older than the usual suspects — but that's partly because they were the usual suspects and they're a year older than they were last year. Out of the top five going into this tournament — Evers, Reese, VanDam, Martens and Jones — only the leader is less than 40 years old. That's pretty unusual. There's usually at least one young gun in the race until close to the end. The past two seasons it's been Ott DeFoe. Evers is 38, which is a little older than average for an AOY.
We are drifting downstream from Aaron Martens to where Ish Monroe is fishing. Ish is not pleased with what he has in his live-well. He says he has one good one, one that's okay and three rats. The cloud cover has grown considerably darker and the breeze has increased. The air feels cooler, but that may be due to the wind chill. We leave Ish before he catches one.