J Todd Tucker has one, like many in the group he's fishing with.
Number three for Ott. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Casey Jones
I stand corrected. As soon as I send blog posts, the leaderboard changes once again. Anglers mentioned how quick the fish catches may come early in the morning. Four anglers already have over 10 pounds approximately. Mark Davis is sitting on four fish, but they are good ones as he almost has 12 pounds, with room to add to that.
In this gaggle of fishermen, all but one are soaking soft plastic baits. The lone crankbait fisherman is Terry "Big Show" Scroggins. He's weaving in and out among the other anglers, heaving and then burning a diving plug over the grass. It's about 15 feet deep here, with weeds rising about 7 feet off the bottom.
Elite Series anglers begin the final full-field Elite Series event of the year, the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake.
Day 1 takeoff gets underway for the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake.
On the water this morning anglers were catching fish fast and furiously. Of the anglers who have BassTrakk's, Brandon Palaniuk is at the top with about an 11-pound limit. The rest of the approximate top 5 go like this: Ott Defoe (four fish- 9 to 10 pounds), Morizo Shimizu (9 pound limit), Mark Davis (three fish for close to 9 pounds) and Brandon Lester (three fish for 8-8 1/2 pounds).
Justin Lucas and Byron Velvick were fishing within a talking distance of each other when Lucas caught his fourth keeper of the day. Lucas uses a digital scale on each fish. Velvick guessed 2.2 pounds. Lucas reported 1.57 pounds. Velvick couldn't believe he'd mis-guessed that badly.
I think the grass around this broad flat must be pickerel weed. Whatever it is, the toothy "snakes" love it. Cliff "Cajun Baby" Crochet brought in a trophy pickerel a minute ago. Being from Louisiana, Crochet is no stranger to toothy fish. He's catching some bass -- which are all that matter in this game -- however. He said he has two keepers. Thunder is rumbling not far away. Strong storms are predicted to roll in sometime this morning. I hope I'll be able to blog from a safer vantage point.