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.
Take a look at the up-to-date AOY standings here on Bassmaster.com. Don’t expect them to change much between now and the end of the tournament. It'll be Evers, KVD and Martens going into the finale on Lake St. Clair. Expect Evers to have about a 30-point lead with one to go. No one else has a real shot. The top eight all have a mathematical chance at AOY, but only the top three have a legitimate shot. The rest are fighting to stay in the hunt to qualify for All-Star Week in September.
Clifford Pirch is mostly battling the wind this morning, but he did manage to score big with his first catch of the day - a 4-pounder. The wind is definitely making things tough. Pirch is spending more time trying to position his boat than he is fishing. While everyone else went west in this tournament, Pirch has gone as far East as you are allowed - to the hydropower dam at Messena.