We put in at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson Bay where Palaniuk has been catching his bass. The wind is seriously stiff here, blowing out of the northwest. We pounded our way out to an island through 3 foot waves. Smallmouth bass bite well in the wind, but fishing in these conditions is going to be challenging. Heck, thumb typing this blog is challenging. We're on Palaniuk now. There are 3 and 4 foot swells out here. Nasty. Palaniuk is running his trolling motor into the waves, while leaning on his pole seat to keep from falling overboard.
Chris Zaldain, started at 50th today, went straight to the wind blowing lake and immediately caught two 4-pounders! Adrenalin pumped! No need for Red Bull for him!
Photo by marshal Andre Fraser
Clifford Pirch has pulled the front pedestal seat out of his rod locker. The waves are high enough in this open water that you need some to anchor you to the deck. I can't imagine what the run to the lake is like this morning.
There's a lot of activity here in the Ogdensburg area. We just happened onto Tommy Biffle, 34th so far, who's drifting with the current and fishing the straight, rocky shoreline of an island. We can see that he's crawling a Larew HardHead jig with a Biffle Bug trailer over the rocks. The trick has paid off with three keepers this morning, including one about 2 1;2 pounds that he just swung into the boat. Known as one of the best flippers/pitchers in professional fishing, Biffle has changed gears since the development of that jighead.
The Top 50 anglers are eager to hit the waters of the St. Lawrence River on Day Three.