Tournament leader Mark Davis spent another day in the wild waves of Lake Erie.
Kevin VanDam talks about the final event of the Elite Series season.
There are really just three anglers on the water today with a realistic shot at victory — Mark Davis, Chris Lane and Aaron Martens. Two others — Derek Remitz and Kotaro Kiriyama — are extreme long shots. The rest are, in my opinion at least, out of it because they trail the leader (Davis) by more than the weight of what is likely to be the tournament's biggest bass (about 5-13).
Aaron Martens will finish his day on Lake Erie without the prying eyes of Steve Bowman upon him. Logistically, this is one of the most difficult events our crew has ever attempted to document. It's a three-hour drive to put in at Catawba Island State Park in Port Clinton, Ohio, so you can get to Martens without making that brutal 80-mile-plus boat run. Bowman and boat driver Chris Noffsinger are probably on the road now, and soon will drive past Rickard's Bait & Tackle in Port Clinton. It's one of the classic old-time bait shops – a master bait shop, if you will (but you probably won't).
Hey, a win's always nice, but Chris Lane doesn't need a trophy this week to qualify for the Classic on his home water. Even if he stumbles today and slips all the way to 12th place (and that's as far as he can fall), he's still in the Classic with 442 AOY points. Missing a Classic in his own backyard would have been painful, but he can relax now. He's done it. Ditto for Mark Davis, Morizo Shimizu and Takahiro Omori.
The waves are steadily growing where Davis is fishing. His trolling motor is beginning to lift out of the water occasionally. The two smallmouths in his livewell need some company. That needs to happen soon to pad Overstreet's photo gallery. We need to start back earlier today. These waves will surely slow us down.
I left Morizo a while ago after he caught three lber which makes him with limit of 17lb. Then moved back to Lane and Jones. Still fishing in same area in visible distance. Jones confirmed that he has over 21lb and he doesn't think he will finish in 12th any more.
Two hours of fishing is down the tubes for Davis and he still hasn't caught bass number one. He's starting to move about and hit other places not far from his sweet spot. He hits a new spot, casts, and immediately sets the hook. The first bass of the day finally joins Davis in his boat. He measure the bass and drops it I his box. Is the party starting? Oh Yeah! Davis soon sets the hooks and is into a much better bass. He soon hauls aboard a 4-pounder. Persistence pays.
We've been watching Davis for 90 minutes and his livewell is still empty. He stops fishing for several minutes to rig tackle. Davis needs to pull a rabbit out of the hat. For the first hour or so of the day, we could see Aaron Martens in the distance. He moved to several different areas before leaving. I suspect that he's also struggling to get bites. Davis sets the hook and comes up empty. He drops his head and shrugs in frustration. Is his confidence beginning to crack?
Davis has been at it for more than 30 minutes without a bite. His cameraman has been standing on point every second so as not to miss the first strike of the day. The breeze has switched from the NE yesterday to the southwest this morning and is picking up. The waves aren't big enough to make the fishing challenging, but that is likely to change. Davis moves a quarter mile so and fishes an area that we didn't see him fish yesterday. Davis sets the hook. He's finally into one. His rod bows over for several seconds and suddenly goes limp. Bass 1 Davis 0