B.A.S.S. writer Don Barone takes a look at some of the people behind the scenes who make B.A.S.S. work.
Rick Clunn has often mentioned a Native American adage: To know the owl, study the mouse. Clunn translates that easily to bass fishing: To know the bass, study the shad.
If Randy Howell and Brent Chapman would finish the Ramada Championship first-and-second on Sunday, like they're ranked currently according to BASSTrakk, it would be a fitting end to the Elite Series regular season.
We've returned to check on Todd Faircloth, just in time to see him cull a bass. He told us he has about 13 1/2 pounds today.
Things have slowed considerably for Randy Howell, whom BassTrakk has holding the lead right now with 32-2. We've been dogging him from a distance for the past 20 minutes, and we've seen him catch a throwback. He's out in open water, as most pros are this time of day, chunking a topwater plug across unseen grassbeds. He told us his best period was from 9 to 10:30 this morning, "but it's slow now." He's hoping his noisy topwater plug will wake up whatever's down there.
No one was more shocked than Mike Iaconelli himself when he caught a bag weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces yesterday on Day One of the Ramada Championship.
Our boat driver Brian Eisch brought along his son today, Isaac. Isaac is getting ready to start 9th grade at Sandy Creek High School, 30 miles north of Syracuse. He's also a member of the Good Ole Boys Jr. bass fishing club. Here he gives his dad, a veteran of Afghanistan and a Purple Heart recipient, an on the water massage.
Brent Chapman's fifth fish may have been a "big relief" to him, but for those chasing him to the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, that could be the nail in the coffin.
Brent Chapman just pulled in keeper number five. A 2 1/4-pound smallie. We're estimating that gives him 13 1/4 pounds in the livewell.