Brian Snowden is looking for a big fish to fill his limit. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Don LaPorte
My boat driver for the day was Steve, who is a tow truck driver by night, bass fisherman by day. He gets off work at 7am, and he is on Lake St. Clair by 8. I can tell you one other thing about Steve- he likes going really fast and thinks its hilarious to terrify Alabama web designers who find themselves in a bass boat on Lake St. Clair. I would summarize my time as "choppy" but Steve said that it was pretty calm.
Kevin VanDam and Jonathon VanDam are fishing 100 feet apart in 13 feet of water not far from the launch location. KVD makes cast after cast.
Just watched Jonathan VanDam have an epic struggle with.... a muskie. He says he has two bass in the boat. His uncle, Kevin VanDam, left this area of Lake St. Clair, but other Elite anglers have shown up. BJ Haseotes and Bobby Lane are in the area. Cliff Prince drifts by and says he has about 13.5. JVD jokes they need some live bait like all the other weekenders they are surrounded by. Here's Prince and JVD having a powwow.
Bobby Lane has 15 pounds in the Livewell. Now he's looking for a big one.
I've got two adult children and don't care to add to the brood at this point in life. That's a good thing, as I'm fairly certain it would be physically impossible after the boat ride on Lake Erie back to Catawba Park just now. As soon as I can uncurl from the fetal position and quit crying, I'll post some less painful news about a morning observing Aaron Martens.
Keith Poche's marshal, Ed Dyer, tells us the angler from Alabama just caught a nice 3 pound 5 ounce smallmouth. That's an upgrade for him.
Bobby Lane's marshal, Brent Ellens, tells us things are slow for the Florida angler. But Lane just culled and gained a few ounces.
We drift a little too close to Mark Davis, close enough for a little idle conversation before we pull away. As we're talking to him, he nails bass number five. The smallmouth is't huge, but it gets the limit monkey off of Davis' back. Are his bass finally ready to cooperate?
Morizo Shimizu is culling. "He's changing baits for 'Big One,'" said his Marshal, Jeff Amos.