James Overstreet, Dean Meckes and I just pulled up near Jonathon VanDam, just past the Brockville Narrows, about 35 or 40 river miles west of the launch site. We saw him boat what we think was his second keeper of the day, and it was just that, a keeper, 2 pounds maybe. We're told he caught a 3-pounder earlier. JVD got his line stretched a few minutes ago by a drum that weighed at least 12 pounds.
We've launched at Henderson Bay just in time to see Brandon Palaniuk, the tournament leader, pounding across waves on Lake Ontario into the bay. It's still bumpy here, but it's a cakewalk compared to yesterday. I suspect that Palaniuk will have a deep bow in his rod in short order.
Just as we were starting to leave Chad Pipkins he hauled in a nice 4 and a quarter pound smallmouth. That's a good start to the day for Chad. "Could you start to leave me again?" Pipkins said with a laugh. He, like most anglers is always looking for a behavior to repeat that may help them catch another fish.
Steve Bowman (in photo) and I are on the St Lawrence, about 3 miles west of Morristown, NY, where we launched this morning. The wind here is brisk, 10 miles an hour or better, bringing some chop to the water. Chad Pipkins just told us this is more wind than he had all day yesterday.
Today's Top 12 could be called the battle of the young guns. The top five, Brandon Palaniuk, JVD, Cliff Pirch, Chad Pipkins, and Kevin Hawk, are all under 30. Also in the top 12 are Ott DeFoe and Josh Bertrand, under 30 as well.
Aaron started his day at a new fresh area. "I'm tired of my spots. I like to fish new spots. I like to have a fun today."
I'm now riding with Randy Yeager, our boat driver yesterday. We're halfway to Henderson Bay. Yeager is a fishing guide and a veteran tournament angler. He won a Bassmaster Eastern Invitational in 2000 at Lake Okeechobee. He is very impressed with Palaniuk's performance yesterday. "To make that long run and hang in there in that rough water the way he did was impressive," Yeager says. "He didn't catch his first bass for quite awhile. A lot of guys would have bailed on that spot.