"Every day's different with these smallmouths," said Cook. "We had a bunch of big fish follow the bait today. It's just that their attitude wasn't very good today."
"I'm fortunate in that I've fished this lake a lot under a lot of different conditions," he said. "I couldn't have asked to fish with three nicer people who took such good care of me."
Guys fishing for green fish way south of the Plattsburgh Boat Basin particularly leader Timmy Horton who's got over six and a half pounds on his nearest competitor seemingly have things in hand as the flags and trees lay still on the western shore of Lake Champlain.
"Twenty-one pounds on five casts!" he said. "We're in trouble. We're so in trouble."
"I ran all the way down to Ticonderoga, went to the rod box. It was locked, and I realized my wife had the keys to it back in the truck. It went downhill from there."
No one-trick pony, Lampier weighed in 14-7 worth of largemouths out of the Ticonderoga grass beds on Day One, but nearly duplicated it with the brown fish on Day Two.
Horton admitted earlier on stage that he had caught many hefty fish among his 24-pound, 12-ounce limit. He hoped out loud that he hadn't "burned" too many of them.
Steady, spitting rain descended on the Plattsburgh Boat Basin from the west at 5:20 this morning, creating an eerie sunrise over the Vermont mountaintops as anglers prepped for Day Two of the Elite Series on Lake Champlain.
The temptation to pursue smallmouth bass on Lake Champlain is obvious. Even though the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra has caught the bronze-brown fish post-spawn, when they're not as aggressive, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers in this field could catch them by the dozen, if so inclined.
Denny Brauer captured his lone Bassmaster Elite Series victory on Lake Champlain last year with a come-from-behind victory. If he is to repeat, he may not have terribly far to climb, after finishing Day One in sixth place with 17 pounds, 14 ounces.