We finally spotted Todd Faircloth fishing an island on the other side of a wide shallow flat. He busted out of there before we could idle close to him. We chased him around a bend where he ducked in between two small islands. He's fishing a patch of shallow grass with a frog. He just caught one that looked to be a keeper. He tosses it back. Faircloth just boated another keeper. This one also goes back into the drink.
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” Babe Ruth Dateline: La Crosse, WI There will come now, nightmares. There will come now, lapses. There will come now, tears. There will come now, the end, or, the rebirth, of your career. Welcome, to the path of a champion. Right now, you are a winner, but you are not a champion. Yet.
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Just had a nice chat with Yusuke Miyazaki, one of the talented young pros from Japan. He's had a good morning in the lower end of Pool 8. "I have a decent sack, but I need a couple of big ones," he said. "It was miserable weather early this morning, but they were biting!" he added. His 13-pound early flurry has him in sixth place with 39-2. He fished a swim jig around the tip of a riprap wall, then switched to a floating frog as he began working his way along the grass-lined rocks. Just now, a fish sucked his frog under.
We're in the middle of the Mississippi trying to figure out where Todd Faircloth is fishing. BASSTrakk tells us he's nearby but we can't see him. We find Kevin Hawk instead, hanging a pair of bass on a balance beam. Dean Rojas is fishing nearby. The sky is brightening. The air is warming.
Kelly Jordon wishes the sun would come out from behind the clouds and make his fish bite better. He also wishes the fish that do bite would hang on a little longer. He missed a 4-pounder a minute ago, and another good fish just now. "I also had two UFOs blow up on my bait. They might have been pike; I don't know," he said. "I keep checking my hooks, and they're sharp."
If anything, Aaron Martens is patient. He's worked this same very small area since the launch earlier this morning. He has about 14 1/2 pounds in the boat, and is intent on getting rid of his smallest fish -- a two-pounder he landed right after he arrived. He also indicated that me may make a move soon, so we'll be watching closely and will give chase when he decides to get up and out of here.
We've made the run downriver to the Stoddard Bay area where we were assaulted by high winds, driving rain and 4-foot waves yesterday. Tis a far better day today with a nice breeze, a slight chop and no rain at the moment. The run down is scenic. High wooded hills line the banks. This is not Mark Twain's muddy Mississippi up here in the north country.