Greg Hackney has spent the past hour catching a lot of small fish-- easily 10 smallmouth. None of them have seen the inside of his livewell.
Faircloth struggling all morning but put together a small limit early. He's now hitting his stride and has culled everything he had from the morning in the last hour. Faircloth made the long run to the middle of Big Bay de Noc this morning. Now he's fishing in 4-to-5-feet swells using a drop shot and mixing a tube in. Hard to say what Faircloth has now because our eyes and ears, Steve Bowman, is out of ear shot from Faircloth the way the wind is blowing. But Bowman puts Faircloth at 16 pounds minimum.
We've hit a lull in the action. Greg Hackney has pulled in a couple of small smallies that he tossed back in the pond. So I'd like to take this moment to say thanks to my buddy Dick Schweis, who introduced me to fishing on the Great Lakes.
Jacob Powroznik's camera boat driver confirmed J-Proz has over 20 pounds. He just broke off another one.
Super-blogger and my boat partner for the day, Jim Sexton, has donned a second ugly-but-functional hat from his bag of blogging essentials.
It takes a different mindset to keep up with this tournament. Basically, it boils down to this: Aaron Martens has to finish 16 places higher in the standings than Greg Hackney and Todd Faircloth has to finish 18 places higher than Hackney in order to surpass him in points and take the Toyota Angler of the Year crown away from the points leader coming into this event.
I am having a hard time hearing near this industrial area but I believe Hite said he has four in the live well. He had to let two 5-pounders go since they were hooked out side of the mouth. Its nice and calm where he's fishing.
Aaron Martens is working in the background as Steve Wright works on his latest blog update.
Greg Hackney is fishing along the edges of a large bowl near No-See-Em Creek. The middle of the bowl is around 25 feet deep, but around the edges it is only 5 feet deep, with some rocks. The sun is out now and the water is crystal clear. We can easily see the bottom.