We just caught up with Scott Rook. I wrote earlier that he has lost three nice size fish today. Rook told us that for two of the losses the line had been cut. He believes he dragged the line across zebra mussels, which sliced or weakened the line. He has been suffering through a long, slow period, but seemed relaxed about it now. "I caught three of my best fish in the afternoon yesterday," Rook said.
Cliff Prince entered the day with the Elite Series Rookie of the Year race under his control. Brandon Card, the leader for most of the season, is done, having finished 60th at Oneida and missing the cut. Prince was in 44th place after Friday, and has "theoretically" whittled Card's lead to 14 points. (These daily AOY and ROY point totals are based on that day's standings; only the final leaderboard ultimately determines points.)
Scott Rook has been in a slow spell. No fish in nearly two hours.
The wind that blew across Oneida Lake this morning, for the first time in three days, may have helped or hurt some anglers, but overall there wasn't a drastic difference in catch rates from yesterday, according to our BASSTrakk totals.
I've noticed more and more anglers taking measures to protect themselves from the sun. Just think about the number of hours these Elite pros spend in the sun. One trend we're seeing is sun gloves. They're lightweight, they breathe and they protect the back of your hands from the rays. The way most anglers hold a rod and reel, the back side of the hands take a beating. I've seen Brent Chapman, Ott DeFoe and Aaron Martens wearing them this week. In the photo, our hand model is driver Brian Eisch.
Bobby Lane came within 30 seconds of missing the cut yesterday and, possibly the Bassmaster Classic. That's how close he was to missing his check-in time Friday, and he wouldn't have made it at all without a big assist from James Niggemeyer.
Rook is in desperate need of a bite: Not only for him, but for me as well. He's sticking with his area and, in Rook fashion, thoroughly working it over again and again. Looking at the BASSTrakk, one, certainly two, of those lost three fish would have him in the lead. This is our first day to watch him, I don't know if he has an afternoon bite or not. I do know he's not budging much.