Boyd Duckett has one in the boat. "And it's not even a good one," said Duckett. He's waiting for high tide. He didn't get the morning bite he was looking for, so he's trying to make up for it now. He's fishing the grassline now.
Morizo Shimizu expanded his area just a bit. Yesterday he focused on a small specific section of bank. Today he ventured about 200 yards from that. He pitched a spinnerbait to no avail. He is now working his way toward the end of the jetty where the action was good yesterday. It could happen quick here. Focus is the key and never let your guard down for a second. Successive casts can produce successive bass. Not once has he complained about the lack of action. That is the trademark of a true professional with a vision.
Skeet Reese showing his limit with fish number 4 and 5
According to his Marshal, Morizo has no fish in his livewell yet. He missed a 3-4 pounder and had one throwback. He's flipping the Philly structure now.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Collin Noecker
"He's been fishing for aggressive fish," explained Poche. "Now he's going to slow up a little. He wants to really pick that cover apart." We're heading into the creek now. Two spectators said they saw Matt Herren and Aaron Martens right around the corner, so we're going to try to find them.
After churning mud multiple times, we'd considered turning around. Luckily we didnt because shortly after passing under a narrow bridge loaded with grafitti, we came upon Fred Roumbanis just as he set the hook and then landed a 2 pounder from a decrepit seawall. Tide is still rolling out so the wood cover that remains in the water should continue to get better, although navigation should not.
Zero — My Hero Zero has become a pretty big story here at the Delaware River this week. Whether you're talking about the six zeroes on Day 1, the 10 zeroes yesterday or the fact that Mike McClelland is the only Elite angler who's fished the Elites since its inception (2006) and never zeroed, it's become a big number. Here are some things you probably didn't know about the empty set (zero) and the Elite Series.
Jeff Kriet with his first earlier this morning. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Shaun Lyons
Shimizu repositioned his boat alongside the jetty and is working south with the last of the outgoing tide. He is pitching a plethora of lures trying to entice a bite. Most are small due to the forage size. There is no shortage of minnows around here. At the moment they have less cover because of the low tide. However, that changes quick around here on the Delaware. When it turns around and comes back in it will be coming in with a vengeance.