Kevin Hawk just landed a 3 and a quarter pounder. That's three fish in the box for him today, we're estimating about 9 to 10 pounds total. Kevin is not getting many bites. As soon as he got this smallie in the livewell he quickly moved about a hundred yards to another spot. Frequent movement has been his style all morning.
Yeager just reminded me that Palaniuk started fishing this morning where he stopped fishing yesterday. After fishing his first spot yesterday, Palaniuk moved farther into the bay and caught two good fish. He started there today and already has over 20 pounds. Smooth move. Palaniuk just caught a small one and is fighting another bass now. It's another small fish that is too little to cull anything he has in the box.
Palaniuk lands another bass. This one will go 4 pounds. You can hear the excitement in his voice. He culls and must be up to 20 pounds or more by now. Seigo jumps into Palaniuk's boat to get some close-up photos. We have got one happy crew here.
Our new friend Kendall Rountree, set us up with a nice sampling of Punch Cigars. After a successful day of covering the tournament we celebrated by tasting his wares. Let's just say we all gave them two thumbs up. In the photo that's Dave Precht, head of B.A.S.S. publications and communications, myself, Steve Bowman, our content guru, and Don Logan, co-owner of B.A.S.S. Thanks Kendall!
Jonathon VanDam, Chad Pipkens and Kevin Hawk are fishing the same general area of the St. Lawrence River. Pipkens just moved up in front of VanDam, and VanDam. immediately cranked the big motor to move up near Pipkens. They are having a conversation, with their boats about 25 yards apart. It seems friendly, not like a turf war, but the speed in which JVD moved indicated otherwise. They've stayed in close proximity for a few minutes now. The two Michigan natives entered the day in second (JVD) and fourth place.
Palaniuk hooks bass number six and takes his time with it. Yeager and I enjoy the show as Seigo takes photos.
Waddington has suffered some economic woes in recent years as factories have left the area for foreign shores. Don Barone has a