There are a myriad of story lines to follow today. The biggest of course is the three-way battle between Hackney, Faircloth and Martens. Hackney is in charge of this contest. If he gets up there in that 20-pound plus range he will make it difficult on the other two, unless of course he has a lot of company with stringers like that.
The weather predictions called for temps in the 50s today with clear skies warning into the 60s. They missed it a bit. There's a frost advisory in some of these parts and the temperature is actually around 32 degrees. "Pretty frosty, eh," says my driver for this week, Ron Young, a true Yooper.
Just got off the phone with Overstreet who tells me "we are going." It's like music to my ears. We've seen our indicators all morning. Flags limp on flag poles, the steam and smoke from the paper mill trailing eastward, which is the very best wind, and DJs on the radio assuring in between songs that the "Bassmaster boys will certainly go today." All of that is super news.
It's an hour before we take off and I'm on the road, driving to the other side of Bay de Noc. I'll hook up with Todd Faircloth when I get there. I'll remind those who could have forgotten or didn't know, Faircloth stroked the fish over there on Day 1. He needs a similar or better day, while hoping for a stumble on Hackney's to overtake the lead. It could happen, but we may not be able to see it take place on BassTrakk. Faircloth is in a dead zone and on Day 1; we couldn't even get a whisper of cell service.
After three days of waking up and seeing the flags outside the hotel standing straight out from the wind, it's nice to look out the window and see them mostly laying limp this morning. The trees aren't swaying and there are only a few leaves moving about. The only thing we can't see is what is going on on the lake around the buoys that measure wave height. Normally it takes a few days for the lake to settle. But with a wind that shifted from North yesterday to WSW this morning, our hopes are it could be smooth sailing.
One less day of fishing means one less day to make up ground on the guy(s) in front of you.
Photographer Seigo Saito brings you the must-see Bassmaster University and Expo action from the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship!
While B.A.S.S. is focused on having a successful day on Bays de Noc, it's very clear to me that Lake Superior is not going to work for a future venue- at least not when the north wind blows. These waves are crashing on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and while it's tough to tell the perspective in these photos, I can assure you they were monstrously huge.
Elite Series pros, families and B.A.S.S. staff head out to the local bowling alley in Escanaba to let off some steam.