Jacob Powroznik's first Bassmaster Classic appearance will probably haunt him as one that got away. Powroznik was dialed-in on the early-morning bite at Lake Hartwell. He was off the water at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday's practice day after getting 9 bites in a short amount of time.
Bobby Lane told me he has one that's "an absolute beauty, five plus." He also has a pair of two pounders so there is still lots of room to grow his catch. He just asked us the name of the creek. Lane just pointed to a dock and said he caught his five pounder there, and there were three good ones with it. He promised us he'll hit it again. We promised we'd be there for that.
We made a long run toward the dam in search of Bobby Lane, passing Brett Hite going the other way. After a brief detour to Iaconelli, we found Lane far back in a creek. It is drizzling now but across from us the sun is trying to peek out. There seems to be a lot more bird life down here -- both gulls and loons -- so I can only suspect that massive groups of bluebacks are roaming around.
Dean Rojas has moved to another area near the dam, and if the gulls diving into the water are any indication, there's a lot of baitfish in the area.
On the heels of a strong morning bite, Casey Ashley grabs the lead from Takahiro Omori on Championship Sunday.
Iaconelli just boated his fifth fish. It was about 1 1/2 pounds, so ideally he'd cull that one before the day is over, too. He appears more deliberate and energized now that his well is full. Now the quest for a pair of kickers is in full swing.