It was a rough Day 1 for some on Lake Erie, but when they weren't sinking boats or going overboard, many anglers were still catching 'em in the third and final Northern Open!
Lance Baker, co-angler of pro Destin Demarion, copped a serious case of sea sickness this morning, not long after the takeoff. Baker, of Huxley, Iowa, had never encountered the rolling waves of Lake Erie before this trip. “It’s the worse feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “All I did was lay flat on my stomach on the back deck and puke.” He did that for 3 1/2 hours until finally giving it up. By then the Dramamine pills and patches failed to work.
“Rodeo and bass fishing share a lot in common and especially the need for quick reflexes.”
Ronnie Moore sent in a few shots of Matt Vermilyea live from Lake Erie. See the gallery here.
Ronnie Moore sent in a few shots of Matt Vermilyea live from Lake Erie.
Just as I’m writing a back story about Brian Schramm I get a text message from him with this pic. Fifteen minutes into the day he landed a smallmouth weighing about 4 pounds. That’s exactly what he planned to catch, plus four more, until opening the livewell lid. Upon doing so he discovered water gushing forth into the boat. It seems his bilge pump failed. As I write this BoatUS dispatched a rescue boat and it’s headed to Pelee Island, where this photo was taken.
As a service to the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open presented by Allstate anglers, fans and media, B.A.S.S. now publishes on Bassmaster.com a roster of the anglers and co-anglers participating in each Bassmaster Open tournament.
Matt Vermilyea is fishing for a once in a lifetime shot at qualifying for the Elite Series and yet he is hanging around his area so his co-angler can get three fish. His co-angler, Clifford Esmond Jr, has two in the boat right now, but I could help to think about how nice of a gesture that is. Vermilyea and Esmond are having a good day. We are about to leave them when they move, but there certainly were some fireworks on Erie this morning.