Top anglers spent a lot of today fishing near each other in Green Bay.
We've heard all day that several of the pros are struggling, many just to get a limit. We know that top performers Greg Hackney and Dean Rojas haven't filled out their limits yet. But there are a few who have not only reported limits but who have also reported sacks 13 pounds or larger. Here they are, according to BASSTrakk: Brandon Palaniuk, 19 pounds, 4 ounces Kevin VanDam, 16-4 Tommy Biffle, 14-4 Mark Davis, 14-0
It has been a tough day on Green Bay. A few anglers have limits, but many are struggling.
We've made our final angler survey of the day before heading to Green Bay. On our way in we passed Ott Defoe, who signaled that he has five, but no big ones. We talked to Ish Monroe, who said he has five that weigh about 11 pounds. He also said that the last time he saw John Crews, Crews had only one fish. Rick Morris is gone from the spot he said he was going to stay on all day, when we last talked to him.
Amid all this hot and heavy action (sarcasm alert) I decided to lay down on the back deck of the boat with my hat over my eyes. A few minutes into my siesta, I felt something wet dangling on my legs and raised up to see Dean Rojas twitching a soft plastic bait on me. But I wasn't biting either. We did just see Terry Scroggins catch a smallmouth bass. He held it up toward us, said, "Trophy, boys," and put it back in Lake Michigan.
Rather than heading to the boat ramp, our curiosity got the best of us, and we headed back out to check on a few more anglers. Rick Morris is still on the spot that he and Aaron Martens started on this morning. "I hope you brought some good luck with you," Morris said. "I've had no bites. "I'm going to hang in here until the end. It is what it is."
Greg Hackney doesn't have a keeper yet, even though several anglers already have limits.
The party that fishing buddies Terry Scroggins and Dean Rojas had yesterday on one bank in Little Sturgeon Bay is officially over. Rojas was the last to leave. We've moved on to observe Greg Hackney, who is quietly lurking among the leaders. He entered the day tied with John Crews in fifth place with 34-1. He and Crews are actually fishing within sight of each other, but are employing completely different styles. And they are far enough away that there won't be any territory issues between them.