I had a hard time finding Bernie Schultz this morning. I guess he was hiding behind the islands. Now he's back sight fishing where he was yesterday.
Pollen floating around the shoreline is causing problems for anglers who are sight-fishing for bedding bass today. But Dean Rojas is using his trolling motor to clear it out of the way. Shaye Baker and I just saw him move in over one bedding fish and zip the bow of his boat back and forth to clear a hole in the pollen. He's also flipping the trolling motor up on high once in a while to keep the pollen from drifting back in on him.
Roy doing a little pushing this morning. Photo by Bassmaster Marshall Michael Smith
The guys who did well sight fishing yesterday are not able to see the fish today. The cloud cover and the rain drops on the water are pretty much obscuring the view. By the way, it is raining now. Bowman brought umbrellas today. I'm counting that as an upgrade to my blogging equipment. My rain suit is keeping me dry, but I learned in a previous tournament that my waterproof phone case doesn't hold up to the rain as well as I thought it should. The umbrella provides some nice protection for the phone.
Chad Pipkens with his second fish of the day. It's small so he's hoping to cull it soon
We find Randy Howell this morning on his favorite bridge– the one that put a Classic trophy on his shelf.
Anglers are starting to heat up and find keepers quickly. Roughly 18 anglers have caught limits thus far and Derek Remitz has multiple times and has the biggest bag so far. Remitz has 17 pounds or so, which is just a small keeper less than his Day 1 bag. Day 1 leader Mike Iaconelli has two so far, but if you remember he did a lot of his damage in the afternoon portion of the day and he was an early flight yesterday. Today he was almost last so he has a longer day ahead of him.
Gerald's second fish of the day caught on a Carolina rigged lizard. He released it immediately. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Skip Walden
Hartley with No. 3. Looks like 5 pound plus. Photo by Bassmaster Marshall David Hargis