Mike Iaconelli is fishing in a little industrial area surrounded by loading docks and big piles of sand. And he is killing it in here with three keepers in 15 minutes. We think he's throwing a soft plastic stick bait. Mike estimated the last keeper as a three pounder. We're thinking that gives him at least 12 pounds for the day. Ike has a big, loud flotilla of boats, around 15, following him. When he celebrates, they holler along with him.
Kevin VanDam has a limit, not four fish, as it has been showing on BASSTRAKK. His estimated weight is 11-13. We just got close enough to confirm that with VanDam and his marshal. That doesn't mean VanDam isn't feeling some pressure right now. He's tried a little of everything to get out of this funk. In the last hour, he's thrown a jerkbait, a Red-Eye Shad and a spinnerbait in addition to flipping one shallow flat. Now he's moved back up the lake to the point near Fisherman's Landing and he's throwing a jerkbait.
I heard several anglers say yesterday that if the wind would pick up the bite would turn on. Well, they got their wish. It's blowing at about 15 miles per hours now, with gusts of 20. We're sticking with Ike. No bite yet. That's James Overstreet in the photo with the windblown look.
I just broke out a can of sardines in hot sauce, to add some flavor to my ham-and-swiss sub. Those things can get a bit bland without some, uh, added seasoning. The problem began when sardine aroma wafted throughout the boat. Both photographer Darren Jacobson and boat driver Mike Elkins started puking over the side like seasick sailors. Needless to say, I didn't need to offer them a bite of my sandwich. My breath seems to be enough to keep them at the opposite end of the boat from me. The wind picking up has been a blessing.
We've moved out to the main lake where we find Bobby Lane. He's pitching to holes in the grass. This water is really clear. And there's lots of grass. The vegetation just hasn't been a huge player this week. Out here, the south wind is kicking it. Couple that with tons of boat traffic and we are bobbing around in waves coming from a variety of directions.
Photo by Carlos Vergara