Shimizu is still without a bite but patience is the key. By day's end the jetty he is working will be covered in this smooth Delaware River water. Yesterday I posted how clear the water was in this area. Today, it is even clearer. The barge traffic has halted and it is much more comfortable.
The third day on the Delaware River begins for the Bassmaster Elite Series.
As mentioned earlier, Mike Iaconelli made a decision about 30 minutes ago — one of those that will win or lose a tournament. It looks now like it might win it for him. The full moon coming Sunday night is what's called a "super moon," according to Pete Gluszek. I haven't had time to Google that yet, but it's creating some unusual conditions — like an extremely low tide, one that made Iaconelli leave the creek where he caught his first two keepers.
After getting unstuck, Faircloth pulled up on an old broken-down bulkhead and after a few casts, set the hook with a motion that would've turned a 9-pounder's head. Alas, the fish was far smaller, but it kept. Faircloth, normally not one to celebrate too obviously, turned around and held it up for us. That surprised me, but I guess that's his equivalent show of emotion as break dancing is for Ike. Keepers are like gold and they know it.
Todd Faircloth is running and gunning hard cover. As he idled away from this "modest" New Jersey home, he temporarily got stuck in the mud. The tide is rolling out hard, continuing to expose all sorts of boat-halting obstacles. Just when I think it's all the way out, it keeps on rolling.
With Keith Poche as my boat driver, I'm heading to Darby Creek this morning, which is where Poche spent some time this week. "I had a spot way in the back, but I don't know what happened to them. I felt like I could scratch out a small limit. I spent half of the first day there." We're going to see what's going on in Darby.
Into the thick of it with Jacob Powroznik Photo by Bassmaster Marshal John Roy
With lots of idling to do in this skinny creek, Garrick Dixon is taking advantage of the calm ride and editing photos as we go