When asked what he was thinking just now, Aaron Martens looked up at the sky and said, "It's dark." He was talking about the cloud cover that's now blocking what started as a bright, bright, bright, sunshiny day. But he could have been referring to his mood. Martens hasn't had a bite since boating a 3 1/2-pounder an hour ago. Martens knows he's got to hit it out of the ballpark today to have a chance at repeating as the AOY champion.
The California kid isn't letting the chilly temperatures in Escanba stop him from doing his job.
Iaconelli with a nice 4 pound smallie allowing him to cull a 2-pounder. Ike has found a sweet spot holding a sizable school and he continues to work through them. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Aaron Curtis
According to BASSTrakk, Mike Iaconelli is the first angler with a limit on the final day of competition. He approximately has 12-13 pounds and is the only angler with more than 2 keepers in the live well. Now 12-13 pounds isn't going to win the tournament, but it could keep Iaconelli in the Classic cut line and double qualify him. With Iaconelli and other anglers already double qualified, this should help extend the Classic cut line and help more Elite Series anglers punch their ticket.
Our camera boat driver Dick Bowden is an Escanaba native. He spends a lot of time fishing on Lake Michigan where, as we've seen this week, the water can get pretty rough. This sign in his Ranger walleye boat says it all.
Today is different than most days when it comes to BASSTrakk. There are 49 anglers on the water, but only about 12-15 are equipped with BassTrakk. Numerous Marshal's had to leave the event, no fault on them, because of the three day delay. Just remember that when you check out BassTrakk today, that the Top 10 or so have BassTrakk's and the other five or so are sprinkled throughout the field.
Writer Steve Wright is trying everything to keep his hands warm as he types his blog.
Mike Iaconelli has his limit of 5 smallmouth in less than 45 minutes.