Todd Faircloth, still the main threat to Brent Chapman for 2012 Angler of the Year, moved about 1/2 mile closer to shore and is fishing again, still alternating between a jerkbait and a finesse presentation.
A day like today makes you glad to be an on-the-water blogger. Sunrise over Oneida Shores Park, which silhouetted the 97 Elite Series anglers against and orange sky, was gorgeous.
Here's Steve Bowman shooting photos of Brent Chapman today, which you'll see on Bassmaster.com a bit later. Also out on the water today, James Overstreet and Dave Mercer are on Mike Iaconelli.
The first tournament day of the Ramada Championship on Oneida Lake turned out like so many Elite Series events do...
Todd Faircloth always has a serious demeanor, but surely he's smiling right now.
According to Howell, that's when things really start to heat up on this part of the lake. He didn't have a bite before that, but it was like someone flipped a switch. The birds started working and the fish started biting. Today has been much the same. Howell even said he hasn't seen anyone else catching any. There are at least another dozen anglers within sight of us. Another issue is floating grass. There is a bunch of it on the surface making working topwater or any baits difficult.
Brandon Palaniuk is fishing under no pressure at Oneida Lake.
We're checking in on Brent Chapman early on Day Two of the Ramada Championship.
We're following Brent Chapman this morning.
As the last few boats leave the docks on Oneida Lake, I'm getting ready to search for Randy Howell.