BASSTrakk shows Palaniuk with a huge bag of 19 pounds, 4 ounces already this morning.
Brandon Palaniuk 15 pds 50-0 total Tommy Biffle 15-8 48-5 Jonathon VanDam 13-0 48-0 Kevin VanDam 12-0 46-1 Aaron Martens 6-8 43-7 Dean Rojas 3-5 42-1 Chris Zaldain 6-8 40-9 Russ Lane 9-5 39-5 Scott Rook 9-8 38-11 Shaw Grigsby 10-0 38-3 Travis Manson 11-0 37-8 Brent Chapman 8-8 37-0 Ish Monroe 4-12 36-14 John Crews 6-9 36-8
We just got this report from one of our photographers, Darren Jacobson: Nothing for Dean Rojas yet, so we head to an offshore hump with Chris Zaldain. Zaldain has one keeper in the box and immediately gets another as we pull up. Zona says he's luring them with a swimbait and then following up with the drop shot. He adds there's a good vibe in that boat.
Kevin Short didn't make the cut yesterday, so he and his wife, Kerry, have gone fishing north of the tournament waters in Sturgeon Bay. We told them where the three of us had whacked 50 smallmouth in four hours on Tuesday, including one bigger than anything caught in this tournament so far. Short just e-mailed us this photo of Kerry with a nice smallmouth "caught on the first drop."
Spirits were up as the Top 50 pros took off this morning.
Terry Scroggins just idled by us on his way out of here. "I caught 35 and Dean (Rojas) caught 25 in here yesterday, and we can't catch nothing today," he said. Scroggins and Rojas have one bass each in the livewell. Rojas is staying put for now.
Alton Jones has been disqualified for today. Jones tried to cut across a flat this morning and got his boat stuck a short distance from take-off. According to BASS rules, your Marshal cannot assist you in any way. After various attempts to get the boat unstuck, Jones, knowing the ramifications, had no choice but to get his Marshal to aid in getting the boat off the bar. He immediately notified BASS officials of his actions. His standing will reflect a zero today.
The Bassmaster Elite Series Green Bay Challenge brought B.A.S.S. pros to an unknown fishery as they sought the secrets of the big waters of Green Bay, Wis.
The tournament leaders have both been here before. Aaron Martens — likely the best natural fisherman in professional angling — has led Day 1 of an Elite event two previous times (Falcon in 2008 and Douglas earlier this year), but didn't win either of them. Dean Rojas led at Toledo Bend after two days last year and went on to win. Both have won two Elite events.
All this talk about turf wars has me itching to jump in! Yes, there are lots of unwritten rules about how close you should get to another angler's water if he has a chance to win, but those "rules" are far from enforceable, and as the season goes along there are lots of other factors that come into play.