Hand warmers are a must this morning as Chad Morgenthaler readys his equipment
Today James Overstreet and I are following the AOY leader Greg Hackney. Greg has motored a mere five minutes from the takeoff site. He's fishing in Little Bay de Noc with large piles of coal serving as a backdrop. It's a gorgeous calm day in the Little Bay, barely a cloud in the sky. No fish catches yet for Greg. Always the photographer, Overstreet just said, "He needs to catch a fish right now because the lighting is perfect."
Greg hackney has started his day within a mile of the launch in downtown Escanaba. Photo by James Overstreet
The final day of the AOY Championship has officially begun! There's a sense of celebration in the air today, with everyone finally getting to the task at hand after 3 days of cancelations. The temperature is 36 degrees, wind coming from the west at 6 miles an hour. I'm wearing every layer of clothes I brought. It's hard to blog with gloves on, though, so my hands are a bit chilly at the moment!
There are a myriad of story lines to follow today. The biggest of course is the three-way battle between Hackney, Faircloth and Martens. Hackney is in charge of this contest. If he gets up there in that 20-pound plus range he will make it difficult on the other two, unless of course he has a lot of company with stringers like that.
The weather predictions called for temps in the 50s today with clear skies warning into the 60s. They missed it a bit. There's a frost advisory in some of these parts and the temperature is actually around 32 degrees. "Pretty frosty, eh," says my driver for this week, Ron Young, a true Yooper.
Just got off the phone with Overstreet who tells me "we are going." It's like music to my ears. We've seen our indicators all morning. Flags limp on flag poles, the steam and smoke from the paper mill trailing eastward, which is the very best wind, and DJs on the radio assuring in between songs that the "Bassmaster boys will certainly go today." All of that is super news.