Iaconelli isn't the only one with trolling-motor issues. We've had our own problems this morning. Our camera boat's trolling motor spring malfunctioned, forcing photographerJerry Cunningham to hitch a ride with spectators Justin and Tom Haynes. Our driver, Aaron Stanphill, and I worked on it for several minutes (mostly without success) before another spectator provided a temporary repair that we hope will get us through the day.
We just followed Pace on what was his longest run since we've been with him. The lake is churning more than either of the prior tournament days.
I’m going to take you inside Cliff Pace’s head at the top of every hour from now until it’s time for him to check in. This is just for fun, in case that isn’t clear, we don’t have the technology to actually get inside his head … yet. Where did all these boats come from? I just want to fish. Maybe the bass turned into boats? No that’s ridiculous. But seriously, where are the fish?
Starting the final day in 25th place beats watching your colleagues from the dock, but at some point you have to admit that you're out of contention to win this thing. So how do you motivate yourself if you're Tommy Biffle, who squeaked past the cut line in the 25th and final place in Sunday's round? "You try not to end up in 25th," Biffle said. "You don't want to have to be in the show explaining why you didn't catch them. And you want to beat Ish so you can tease him the rest of the season."
One side-effect of all of this running around is that Pace has lost some of his floating audience. Not sure if that was an express goal, but it has to please him.
Photos from the Day Three launch of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
Jerkbaits are probably the dominant lure of this Classic, and they're quite evident today.
"Yeah! In your face! DT-6 in your face!" Iaconelli shouted at the 2 1/2-pounder in his hand. The DT-6 is a Rapala crankbait, which he's throwing to a chunky bluff wall. Marty Robinson is roughly 100 yards in front of him. He turned around when Iaconelli's crowd burst into cheers. Ike just let the rest of this pocket to Robinson and is working his way up the other side as spectators part to let him through. Ike likely has in the 13-pound range with four fish. He just seems to be getting quality bites.
It’s hard not to think about what could have been for McClelland as he makes a Sunday charge. Rumor was that in practice he boated a “Falcon Lake like stringer,” and he was disappointed after 17-15 on Day One. Then, inexplicably, he couldn’t catch 10 pounds on Saturday. He was in a large group of anglers that couldn’t put it together on Day Two, including Kevin VanDam. (VanDam is charging early today, too)
We've moved with Pace yet again. I think of KVD as the ultimate run-and-gun fisherman, but when we watched him earlier in the tournament he rarely moved more than a few hundred yards. Pace, who I think of as slow and methodical, has been all over the place. When he gets somewhere, though, he typically moves down the bank at a glacial speed.