We were keeping track of the hourly BASSTrakk totals for awhile yesterday, but the numbers seemed to lose significance as the morning went on, so we left that line of thought. Bad idea. Should have stuck with it. Thanks to Ryan Watkins, we've been able to put together some numbers from all the information gathered yesterday and so far today. Again, remember only the top 50 AOY points leaders have BASSTrakk these first two days, so there are 47 other anglers out there.
My boatmate, Seigo Saito, whose work graces the pages of Bassmaster Magazine as well as bassmaster.com, does a good bit of freelance work for magazines in his home country of Japan, so it wasn't a surprise that he wanted to detour from tracking the leaders at Oneida to snap a few photos of his compatriot, Morizo Shimizu. Morizo just put his third fish in the boat for the morning.
We kicked off a big week here in Syracuse, N.Y. on Oneida Lake. This is where all the chickens come to roost.
Brent Chapman just made a move from the big grass bed up to the mouth of a nearby river, and immediately pulled in keeper number four. This one is about three pounds. Chapman was excited, hollering "Ha! This one is a largemouth." That's his second largemouth of the tournament. He's hoping he's found a school. Chapman guesses he has at least 11 pounds today. He feels if he can catch 14 pounds today he can make the top 12.
James Niggemeyer of Van, Texas, had a great day yesterday, but fishing isn't on the same pace today.
It may seem like perfect weather on Oneida, but the fish hate it.
Chapman keeps bearing down. Although today is much different than yesterday, you couldn't tell it by Chapman's demeanor. He's all business.
Shaw Grigsby entered the final regular season Bassmaster Elite Series event at Oneida Lake seeming safely qualified for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa next February.
Randy Howell said 9 a.m. was the magic time, so we should start seeing the fish catches rolling in.
Todd Faircloth has vacated the grassbed where he caught the 3-pounder a while ago and headed back to the section of the lake where he began his day. We've decided not to follow him just yet.