Ott Defoe is fishing near us. He just told Tracy Adams he had two fish. Ott had three smallies bite yesterday and one was a good one. Ott and his Marshall are wearing "Buffs" for protection from the sun. More and more anglers are using them. Bassmaster Marshall Dan Shine
Davis just culled for the first time. Not a sizeable cull but one I'm sure will put him over 13. He's chunking and winding now and expanding his reach a bit from the small area he focused on earlier. A big reason for that is almost all the other boats have left. We are getting close to the time he left yesterday and went to his second spot. He weighed in one of his 5 pounders from there yesterday.
Another good keeper for Charlie Hartley. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jake deBin
Boyd Duckett with a solid 3 1/2 pounder from Bassmaster Marshal Bryan Ray
Hackney is fishing about 12-12 miles south of the ramp at Union Springs, and this area is not known for its quantity of bass. Hackney's catch -- second heaviest in the standings at this point -- belies the reputation. Ken Golub, who guides on Cayuga and fishes tournaments here regularly, says the bass have a long way to travel from their spawning grounds to the north. "It's too cold for them to spawn here," he said. He pointed toward the open water behind us.
After a long dry spell, Hackney just now boated his Fifth bass. This one appears to be a 2-pounder and should give him a total of 17 pounds and change. He caught the first four bass shortly after settling down off plane but the action slowed considerably after that. He's staying in the shade and has moved closer to shore, where he's working parallel to docks with a fast-moving bait of some sort. Hackney grabbed a narrow lead in the Angler of they Year race after the Delaware River Elite two weeks ago and would love to widen his margin.
Davis and Bernie got close enough to visit, which made it close enough for to ask Bernie what he had in his well. He has three fish. "Two good ones and a little one." He says total about 9 pounds. That's good for Bernie. He's in about 43rd in AOY points, which puts him on the bubble for top 50 and the Classic. Right now he needs two more solid keepers. Meanwhile he just boated a sure-enough pike. The fish weighed about 18 pounds.