Scott Rook now has four keepers in the livewell. We're estimating he has around 13 pounds already. Not bad for his first 45 minutes of fishing. Rook is fishing in about 12 feet of water. He's right on the edge of a shoal the comes up to 7 feet. Aaron Martens is nearby. He's bobbing around like crazy also. We can't tell if he has caught anything yet.
Finally found Tommy Biffle about 4 or 5 miles down the lake on the north side in Sunset Bay. This wind out of the east has the lake rolling pretty good and Tommy is fishing in an area that is somewhat protected. Tommy is slowly fishing what appears to be a swim jig or small soft plastic bait. No fish yet but it's early.
Today dawned quite differently than the previous two at Oneida Lake this week. The temperature is the same — about 60 degrees. But the fisherman's friend — the wind — has made an appearance. There are 2-foot waves over much of the main lake. That may make it a bit uncomfortable to stand in a boat this morning, but as the early BASSTrakk fish catches are showing, the wind is a fisherman's friend, especially on a clear-water lake like Oneida.
Brent Chapman already has three bass in the boat, according to BASSTrakk. The 49 anglers left after the two-day cut got a 30-minute earlier start today, in order to allow time to get to the Syracuse New York State Fair weigh-in site at 4 p.m., and Chapman is taking advantage of it. After seeing the disasters and near-disasters of yesterday, Chapman must be feeling good now, with 6 pounds, 14 ounces so far.
Host of "The Bassmasters" is with the AOY leader today.
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday was slick. Today, Oneida Lake is roiled with 2-footers. James Overstreet and I are hunting for Randy Howell, and he's not where he said he'd be. That's understandable. Howell was looking for signs of schooling bass in the middle of the lake. You couldn't see schoolers in these conditions even if the bass could find shad to chase. If the wind continues today, everything will change.
Currently in third place, Rook has three in the livewell.