Our camera boat driver Dick Bowden is an Escanaba native. He spends a lot of time fishing on Lake Michigan where, as we've seen this week, the water can get pretty rough. This sign in his Ranger walleye boat says it all.
Today is different than most days when it comes to BASSTrakk. There are 49 anglers on the water, but only about 12-15 are equipped with BassTrakk. Numerous Marshal's had to leave the event, no fault on them, because of the three day delay. Just remember that when you check out BassTrakk today, that the Top 10 or so have BassTrakk's and the other five or so are sprinkled throughout the field.
Writer Steve Wright is trying everything to keep his hands warm as he types his blog.
Mike Iaconelli has his limit of 5 smallmouth in less than 45 minutes.
The Escanaba Wind may have cancelled three days of the AOY Championship, but it also brought a gift: time.
As I was looking for Greg Hackney and found Day 1 leader Brett Hite. Nothing was going on with him so far this morning. Then ran into Rookie of the Year Jacob Powroznik. He just caught 2.5 pounder. Photo by Seigo Saito
Greg Hackney is on the board with a 4- or 4 1/2-pound smallmouth. He caught it on a jerkbait. Not a lot of celebration. He put it in the livewell in a workman-like manner and got right back to business.
Aaron Martens started this tournament in Little Bay de Noc and he's back there again this morning. He just caught a 3 1/2-pound smallmouth to get his day started. But Martens is going to need bigger bass than that to make a move in the AOY race. His 17-6 total on Thursday put him in 21st place, behind both Greg Hackney and Todd Faircloth.