'WOOOOOOO!' Add a 5-pounder to Todd Faircloth's tally. The rod tip bent and Faircloth started pulling. We knew from the curve and Faircloth's demeanor that he had hooked something nice. For a few minutes he wrestled and waited, twisted and pulled, and eventually landed an impressive 5-pounder. A fist pump and an audible 'WOOOOOO!' let us know what he thought of the fish. Feel free to add a bit more to the 19- or 20-pound total we reported in the last blog post.
VanDam just moved about three miles to the north looking to quickly fill his limit. This is a spot he caught quite a few 2-pounders during practice. Jerry told us that JVD is focusing on a bunch of old coal piles that were dumped here many years ago. They allegedly hold fish, but the conditions are getting tougher. His pace has picked up and fresh spots are becoming fewer, but he's keeping his chin down and grinding it out.
As we always say, BASSTrakk weights are never official and always estimates. We've tried to track today's competition ourselves using it (when cell signals would allow), and we're here to tell you Todd Faircloth's number is going to be a little off. Faircloth hooked up with his best fish of the day right about 1 p.m. We scooted over close and he confirmed that it was a solid 4-pounder. With the latest addition, Faircloth thinks he has 19 or 20 pounds in the livewell.
Ounces are the name of the game right now and Palaniuk just upgraded by a four ounces or so. He knows he needs big ones fast though. "Two four-pounders would be epic right now," is how he described it.
Greg Vinson smokes this 5 pounder on a deep crank air. He culls up to almost 19 pounds on the day. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Justin Carrier
Todd Faircloth had one spectator boat follow him around for the entire morning. Pretty impressive because it was no easy feat to get where Faircloth is fishing. After staying with us through the early shift the fan cranked up and left around 12:30. Thankfully the winds have died down and the sun has come out, so other than the pleasure boaters on Lake St. Clair's Michigan side, his journey home should be smooth sailing.
Greg Vinson is offshore looking for a big bite and upgrade. He's got room for a few pounds of upgrade on smaller fish in the box, which could make the last few hours today very interesting. Photo by Marshal Justin Carrier
Chad Pipkens just sent in this photo and let us know he's upgraded with one over four pounds!
After a 12- to 13-inch perch ate JVD's bait, he switched over to crankbait that is presumably in a perch pattern. A few casts in and he hooked a small keeper, but threw it back because the hooks were outside the mouth. It's an unfortunate rule for JVD, since that would have been 5.