After Boyd Duckett unofficially regained the lead over Mike Iaconelli and Morizo Shimizu, Ike caught his fifth fish. Since then, Iaconelli boated what looks to be a 4 pound fish. That was the kicker he needed and he unofficially moved into the first spot with roughly 13 and 1/2 pounds. Stay tuned. Boyd Duckett has three fish so he definitely has room to move up and it helps he had over a 4 pound lead to start the day.
Mcclelland still looking for his fifth. Marshal Avery Neely
Steve Bowman and I along with our driver Kenny Whitehead are in search of Kevin Short and Scott Rook. We're working our way up a long, pretty creek channel after navigating the busy waters of the Delaware River south of Philadelphia. That area of the big river is lined with industrial plants. And it smelled lightly of chemicals and burnt coffee. At most of our tournaments you're more likely to smell honey suckle and oak leaves. But after living through many years of recession, and getting laid off from my previous job, I appreciate the smells of industry more.
Don Ahart, my trusty New Jersey boat driver, says we're going off the map. We're so far out, deep into backwoods New Jersey. It's quite pretty back here but very deserted. Our last human sighting was Nate Wellman several minutes ago. But we're pressing on because Feed Roumbanis and Bill Lowen, two Top 10ers from yesterday, are supposedly up here.
Marshal Drew Scarpa says Evers may have figured something out. Here's his second fish 15 minutes after the first.
Hop on the boat with Elite Series pros as they attack the Delaware River on Day 1.
The water quality here where Shimizu is fishing is fantastic. There is three feet of visibility which is great for the Delaware River. Yesterday was not as clear. The weather has been stable which is good for water clarity.