Everyone was heading south this morning, said George Barnes of Massachusetts, when the fog got so thick he couldn't see. So he stopped. While he and boat partner Larry McPhail were waiting out the fog, they threw a couple of casts and caught a couple of fish. "We didn't plan to be here, but it worked out," said Barnes. "We figure we'll keep catching them then move on to find bigger ones."
Joe Holland of Maine and Juan Carlos Moreno of Spain have exactly zero fish in the boat. "We just let a 5-pounder go," said Holland. It was a net issue, he says. "But we're having fun!" he added. "Just having a good time out here."
Dino Moutgiannis of Connecticut has three in the boat, but his partner, Brian Chadwick of Maine, is fishless. "I've caught a couple small ones, but no keepers," said Chadwick. "You missed a debacle earlier," he said. "We got our hooks tangled all up in the net. Had to perform surgery. Would have made a great bloopers video." The duo just got to this spot after spending most of the morning downriver.
Eastern Divisional competitors took off out of Riverside Park in Hartford for Day 1.
Meet the teams from seven states, one province and one foreign nation in Hartford, Conn., for the Eastern Divisional.