Dean Rojas just landed what we think is his first fish of the day, and it was a good one, a solid 3-pounder. So maybe mid-morning is magic time here.
Aaron Martens has left Dean Rojas and Terry Scroggins. Martens appeared to lose a decent fish right at the boat about 15 minutes ago, but didn't get another bite and took off further north. Scroggins and Rojas are grinding away on the spot where they caught them yesterday. But a short bass that Rojas caught and released is the only fish we've seen. The thing to keep in mind is that Rojas didn't join Scroggins here until 10:30 yesterday morning. It's still early.
Of course, the reason the consecutive limit streaks are falling so fast right now is that the fishing has been pretty tough. In the average Elite Series tournament, the average angler brings just better than 4.5 bass to the scales each day. That's the norm.
While most of our content gatherers try their best to stay away from controversy, this will be one we can't shy way from vey much. Simply put, Aaron Martens and Rick Morris are fishing close to each other in this event. Most everyone is fishing close to each other in this event. Martens actually led on Day One and is in second on Day Two, but Morris doesn't want Martens around him at all. I can't say I blame him. Martens is a fish seine of epic proportions.
Aaron Martens apparently had enough of the sight of Rick Morris and moved a short distance to another point in Little Sturgeon Bay. He is within sight now of Dean Rojas, who leads the tournament by less than a pound over Martens. But they are nowhere nearly as close as Martens and Morris were. We're hearing that a lot of anglers are struggling this morning, and we haven't seen one catch of a keeper bass. Terry Scroggins has just moved in here, too.
At this stage of the season, there are still 12 anglers who have limited every day they've been on the water. That's very, very high, but the number has been coming down fast lately. Just a couple of tournaments back it was 30, and the number has been almost cut in half here in Green Bay. The 12 who have limited every day this year are Brent Chapman, John Crews, Shaw Grigsby, Randy Howell, Russ Lane, Aaron Martens, Takahiro Omori, Derek Remitz, Dean Rojas, Scott Rook, Terry Scroggins and Gerald Swindle.
One streak ended yesterday and another continued. Bobby Lane's string of consecutive limits on Elite Series competition days ended at 39. That's tied for the ninth-longest such streak in Elite Series history. Kevin VanDam has the longest streak at 57. Bobby Lane already had the second-longest streak in the books at 47.
There's an unofficial etiquette on the Elite Series: Those anglers who are far enough down in the standings that they have no shot at winning are supposed to give space to those in contention. Rick Morris isn't doing that today, and Aaron Martens is unhappy about it.