After a cold run down the lake, we went into Horse Creek to find Iaconelli. That's the area where he did most of his damage Friday morning. But apparently he's fishing a different area today. We saw Mark Davis, David Walker, Pete Gluszek and Matt Lee in there. We moved across the lake to the mouth of Big Hollow, where Jason Christie is fishing vertical banks again. Christie has 31 spectator boats, a decline from yesterday. But it's still early. I'm betting he'll pick up a few more as the day progresses.
For someone who is in 9th place with 17-15, Mike McClelland had a miserable Day One. Until mid-morning, he could make only one cast between de-icings of his rod and reel.
Despite freezing temperatures once again, Jason Christie's army is out in force. It'll only grow larger as the day wears on, barring some sort of meltdown by the Oklahoma pro. But, that's unlikely given his track record on Grand. Moments ago he laid into a keeper-size drum (if there is such a thing), but seeing his rod bowed was enough to elicit cheers from the crowd. He's working along a retaining wall in the mouth of Big Hollow at the moment.
Hank Cherry is fishing just a few hundred yards from KVD. We never saw him yesterday, but we were told he was nearby. None of this is meant to imply that either is infringing on the other, just that the best in the world are all likely to find the same sweet spots.
We just pulled up on KVD, right where we found him yesterday. It's much calmer, much sunnier, but his navy has grown to well over 30 boats. We're told that he's already boated three bass -- you snooze, you lose.
Bobby Lane catches his second bass of the morning. Photo: Kevin Trummel