We've been on Davis and a row of docks for about a half hour now. He's pitching and skipping with spinning gear, but to this point, no takers. It is kind of interesting to see Davis on a dock, but this area resembles Lake Hamilton in Arkansas where he grew up. It's always interesting to see how most of these guys gravitate toward turf that looks like home. Davis has right at 3 hours to go before he has to check in. We need to be heading in soon ourselves. I'm hoping if something happens, it happens soon.
Moments ago, Jacob Powroznik boated another bass. The fight was bigger than the fish, but still it enabled Powroznik to cull up by another few ounces, according to our estimation. He should have more than 16 pounds now, making him a near threat to Greg Hackney for second. The truth won't be known for three more hours.
Charlie Hartley still culling, but only ounces at a time. He has a small limit for about 9 1/2 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jake deBin.
"Bass Pro Shop's pro Brian Snowden just got bit off by a pike. He told Tracy Adams that he has about 15 pounds. He's fishing without a Marshal. B.A.S.S. came up a few short in this event. This is my 13th event as a Marshal. I have gotten to ride with 50 different Elite pros. It is a fantastic opportunity. You should give it a try." - Bassmaster Marshal Dan Shine
Randall Tharp is fishing within earshot of Jacob Powroznik. We overheard Tharp ask, "Things are getting right--why aren't they biting better?" We couldn't hear his answer, but it's very likely it involved the encroachment of another angler into Powroznik's space. About that time, the interloper boated a 3 1/2-pounder. Powroznik was not pleased. Tharp pointed out that the other boats hadn't been so close to the area the day before.
Greg Hackney created a little separation for himself yesterday in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. There's still a lot of fishing left at Cayuga, but he's opened up a 19 point lead over Todd Faircloth, who moved up from fifth place. Mark Davis made a jump, too. He's in third place, but in getting there he only gained a couple of points on Hackney. Don't miss the signal for the noise here. Just because someone moved up or down in the standings doesn't necessarily mean they're closer or farther away from the title.
Mark Davis — like Kriet and Rojas — isn't a fan of crowds. Since he won't get into the fray, he says he's got a couple choices. "You can either go ping the heavy grass or fish docks," he said. With spinning reel in hand, he's effortlessly skipping docks. "You've got to fish a lot of them before you get a bite," he said. He knew the fishing would be good yesterday, but not as good as it was. "I didn't think that much of the field would catch a 20-pound string," he said.