Take a look at the up-to-date AOY standings here on Bassmaster.com. Don’t expect them to change much between now and the end of the tournament. It'll be Evers, KVD and Martens going into the finale on Lake St. Clair. Expect Evers to have about a 30-point lead with one to go. No one else has a real shot. The top eight all have a mathematical chance at AOY, but only the top three have a legitimate shot. The rest are fighting to stay in the hunt to qualify for All-Star Week in September.
Clifford Pirch is mostly battling the wind this morning, but he did manage to score big with his first catch of the day - a 4-pounder. The wind is definitely making things tough. Pirch is spending more time trying to position his boat than he is fishing. While everyone else went west in this tournament, Pirch has gone as far East as you are allowed - to the hydropower dam at Messena.
With more than 100 miles of river to fish, you'd think the pros wouldn't be playing "bumper boats," but Tietje and Martens are close enough to do that. After Martens boated two small fish, Tietje drifted down to the Alabama pro and initiated a discussion. I assume they were negotiating how to divide up the structure they're fishing. Whatever the topic, Tietje claimed the spot Martens was in, and Martens moved 50-60 yards upstream. The two are using decidedly different presentations. Tietje is drop shotting with his rod more or less horizontal, barely twitching it.
Our next stop is to check on Dennis Tietje, the 10th-ranked pro with 39-9 after two days. Tietje, like most of the fishermen on the St. Lawrence today, is apparently drop shotting a gobie-like bait. He's in 25-30 feet of water within sight of the Ogdensburg bridge. Tietje quickly gave up on that spot and moved closer to the bridge at the same time, Aaron Martens roared past and shut down about 75 yards away from Tietje's new hole. They've apparently been working the same stretches this week, and both have done very well.
Browning is on fire taking In his second fish back to back. By Marshall Dwayne Sawyer.