Topics: Elite

Faircloth up to his old tricks

Jun 20, 2013

We've been all along the 12-mile stretch between Stoddard Bay and the launch and honestly, we haven't seen many anglers. At least any that are set up in one space, anyway. We did see Todd Faircloth, the reigning champ in this event. He was set up in an area that was thick with vegetation, not far from where he won this tournament last year. We'll keep hunting to see who we can find.

Kennedy, Morris and Vinson sharing water

Jun 20, 2013

Less than half a mile across Stoddard Bay we found Steve Kennedy, Rick Morris and Greg Vinson. They are fishing along a roadside levee on the Wisconsin side of the river. The trio is working methodically along the bank, but no keepers since we got here. A huge locomotive just rumbled by, disrupting the silence.

Howell with a 3 1/2-pounder

Jun 20, 2013

Ashley's first keeper of the day

Jun 20, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chad Haabala

Slow start for Evers

Jun 20, 2013

Slow start for Edwin Evers. A few bites but short strikes on a topwater haven't yielded any keepers. In his first stop he commented, "I never would have believed I would have made it this far around this pond without catching 15 pounds." An intrusion of carp and a cool morning may be to blame. Either way we're on the move.

McCaghren gives Keeper No. 3 a free ride into the boat

Jun 20, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Steven Tolly.

Lowen with a limit

Jun 20, 2013

Bill Lowen reports he has a limit, but he's not sure how much it weighs. From the look of things, the majority of fish we're seeing are in the two-pound range, at least at this spot. FYI, this is the same general area where Todd Faircloth won this event last year.

Update on Lowen, Roy and Omori

Jun 20, 2013

We moved about a half mile down Stoddard Bay and found Bill Lowen, Bradley Roy and Takahiro Omori. They are fishing on the Minnesota side of the river around some rock structures that are just off the Mississippi River main channel. Tak is throwing a frog, which a lot of anglers said would be key to winning this event. Lowen is flipping.

No. 2 in the well for Lintner

Jun 20, 2013

Zaldain with another nice smallmouth

Jun 20, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Eric Johnston

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