Though he's only four ounces out of fifth going into Day 2, I'm expecting Edwin Evers to stay in the top 4 and advance to the finals on Sunday. Evers is an All-Star regular and has been the runner up in each of the last two All-Star events (Ott DeFoe won in 2011 and Aaron Martens won last year). Something about this format really suits Evers. Maybe it plays well to his versatility. Maybe he figures things out and finds patterns faster than most. Whatever it is, he's good at this stuff, and I think he'll be fishing Sunday.
Jesse Weener tells us Chris Zaldain "spooked up" a good one!
Skeet Reese finds another. Things are looking up. (Photo by Bret Hoeksema)
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I just spent a few minutes in Hank Cherry's boat. He culled one while I was there and I got a good look at his sack. I have no idea what BassTrakk has for him. But the five in his boat at the moment will scare the hell out of 15 pounds. That should definitely put him in the final. A big change, though, is the wind. It's blowing pretty good, enough to put a chop on the water. That same wind is helping everyone. Either way, Cherry is rolling. He didn't have a keeper this time yesterday.
Aaron Martens is still fishing near "the pyramid," only now he's banging a deep-diving crankbait through the big brushpile here - sometimes more successfully than other times. Martens has caught three fish today, which is keeping him in the hunt for the Final Four. But we've seen him pull out two different types of plug-knockers in the last 15 minutes in trying to retrieve crankbaits. He just got one back, along with a big piece of wood that was still hooked.
The first part of All-Star Week is this two day derby on Muskegon Lake. The shorter a tournament, the more volatile the standings. Even so, you just can't like the chances of the three anglers who came in with less than 10 pounds on Day 1. Brandon Palaniuk scraped together a small limit weighing 9-6. Skeet Reese was one short of a limit and had 8-5. John Crews really struggled and brought in just two bass for 6-2. Their goals on Day 2 are pretty straightforward; they need a miracle.
Aaron Martens with a 3-pound smallie! (Photo by Daryl DeVries)
Photo by Bret Hoeksema