On Thursday Greg Hackney caught 15 pounds on the area around No-See-Em Creek then headed back close to the takeoff area in search of a big fish. It's 2:20 now and we're surprised he's staying in this area. With a 4:00 weigh-in if he's going to make a move it needs to be soon. Greg has approximately 17 pounds in his livewell now.
Aaron Martens has been stuck on 3 fish weighing 10 pounds for awhile now. Contrary to predictions, the sunshine hasn't helped him. Martens has moved a few times in the last couple of hours, but managed only a couple of short fish.
Jacob Powroznik doesn't mince any words when talking about how much he has enjoyed his first season on the Elite Series tour. "It's been a great ride," he said in summing up the highlights during an interview Saturday. Several Elite Series anglers competed on the FLW tour this season. But Powroznik fished only the Elite Series, after 10 years on the FLW tour. He qualified by finishing second in the Northern Opens point standings in 2013.
The temp has dropped 9 degrees in Faircloth's primary area from what it was on Day 1. That affects these bass like it does any others. Faircloth is having to slow down. So is Hackney, putting down his moving baits from Day 1 and slowing down to soft plastics today. Through the normal evolution of a tournament, anglers are more tuned in to what's going on, adjusting to minor changes in the conditions every day. This morning, they had to jump back out on the water, relocate their fish and figure out news ways to trigger bites.
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Greg Hackney has spent the past hour catching a lot of small fish-- easily 10 smallmouth. None of them have seen the inside of his livewell.
Faircloth struggling all morning but put together a small limit early. He's now hitting his stride and has culled everything he had from the morning in the last hour. Faircloth made the long run to the middle of Big Bay de Noc this morning. Now he's fishing in 4-to-5-feet swells using a drop shot and mixing a tube in. Hard to say what Faircloth has now because our eyes and ears, Steve Bowman, is out of ear shot from Faircloth the way the wind is blowing. But Bowman puts Faircloth at 16 pounds minimum.
We've hit a lull in the action. Greg Hackney has pulled in a couple of small smallies that he tossed back in the pond. So I'd like to take this moment to say thanks to my buddy Dick Schweis, who introduced me to fishing on the Great Lakes.