Should Adrian Avena punch his ticket to the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series he can check one rookie prerequisite off the list.
We head out on Lake Erie on Day 2 to find Day 1 runner-up Derek Remitz as he chases a Bassmaster Classic berth in the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Northern Open presented by Allstate.
After watching Derek Remitz boat 18 pounds, co-angler Mandel Pettus has a good one on the line, but unfortunately it does not hold.
Remitz has the hot hand. This is getting interesting. I holler out, "Great job Derek, we're outta here." He looks up and says, "Well hold on now, I kinda like you guys being here. I like how this is going so far."
Another quick run up the shoal, another drift, another bite. This time one of the ones Remitz really needs, a 4-1/2 pounder. The wind is still doing its thing, the waves are still doing their thing, and now Remitz is finally doing his thing. "Turns out I might actually know what I'm doing," said Remitz after a long morning of self-doubt.
On Day 1 Derek Remitz weighed 24-4 to sit in second place. But the end result isn't a very good indicator of how the day went. Five bites. That's a little better description of the day. "I was lucky to catch what I caught," Relitz said after weighing his fish on Day 1. "I just went to a place where I've caught 'em in the past and the wind was blowing the perfect direction for me to drift it."
About the time one loses hope, hope finds him. Derek Remitz has been scoreless for the first 3 hours of the day. Drift after drift Remitz drops his drop shot and reels it in with nothing but a worm on the other end of his line. The one missed opportunity of the morning becomes more and more painful with every unproductive drop.
We found Derek Remitz and JT Kenney both fishing the same shoal. Remitz sitting in second after Day 1, battling for a shot at the Bassmaster Classic. Kenney shuffled back in the pack after Day 1, but fighting tooth and nail for his bid at the Elite Series. Both anglers are scoreless so far, letting the wind blow them down the shoal a few hundred yards before cranking the big motor and repositioning at the head of the shoal again.