Getting close to high tide on the river. Bobby Lane and Kelley Jordan fishing grass this morning. Having to let their bait sink a bit before starting to crank. The incoming tide makes it hard to reach the submerged grass. Big Show also fishing grass in this shot. Three types of grass on the river . Eel grass, milfoil and hydrilla.
Gerald Swindle has competed as a pro in an admirable 217 B.A.S.S. tournaments. This morning, he said there’s a clear new leader in his personal ranking of the toughest tournaments he’s ever fished.
We've come upon Terry Scroggins who is fishing a large grassy area. James Overstreet, who has spent years photographing the Elite Series, says Terry does more running and gunning than any pro. "People think KVD does the most running, but in my opinion Scroggins does more," said James. "He gives away more waypoints than most guys mark in a day." James went on to describe days where he travels from one end of a lake to the other end of the lake and sees Terry on both ends.
Michael Simonton was also in Rancocas and our brief stop by him was just that....brief! His day has not been going too well. We are headed north. We are currently about 20 miles south of Washington's Crossing.
I stepped outside of my hotel to get some fresh air and as I stood by the water for a minute or two I saw at least three anglers making runs. One of which was Cliff Pirch. I am new to the tidal waters so I'm learning everyday, too. From just surveying the current, I can tell that the 7-foot tide creates some pretty rough water around objects. Here's a quick video showing the tide current around an old factory building.
It's a big one!!! Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jim Groome.
On the way out of Rancocas Creek, we came upon Todd Faircloth. He told Seigo he has two. He is flipping pads at the moment. He is going against the tide and presenting his bait as naturally as possible.
A barefoot Jennaphr Fredrick's from the local Fox News was on site covering the tournament. She did several live feeds from the water and Byron Velvick stopped fishing just long enough to greet the Philadelphia viewers on Fox.
James Elam with fish No. 5. It's culling time!! Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Donnie Tomlin.